“Local Food for Texas Schools” Reimbursements

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National School Lunch and National Breakfast Program contracting entities — that are not contracted with a food service management company — may now opt in to be reimbursed for up to $30,000 to buy Texas produced food products meeting specified criteria.

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) said the program seeks to strengthen local and regional food systems, with a focus on historically underserved producers and small businesses. All foods purchased must be unprocessed or minimally processed.

Total reimbursements per contracting entity — up to the $30,000 limit — will be based on enrollment. There are no cost-sharing or matching requirements for this program. 

The $22.3 million program is the result of a cooperative agreement between the TDA and the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Deadline: Oct. 17.

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