USDA Cooperative Agreement

Procurement Practices In School Meals: Making Real Change Work For Healthier Meals

Project Overview

USDA Cooperative Agreement Resources

Advisory Procurement Work Group Members

Cooperative Agreement Objectives

The USFA will work with the USDA under a three year Cooperative Agreement to develop a new system for procuring school food that includes the ability of small, regional producers and processors to engage; school districts to participate in food hubs in their regions developing a more sustainable, shorter supply chain that is inclusive of more enterprises; educate all stakeholders in the system with best practices for procuring fresh, local food; develop a cadre of procurement trainers around the country to provide Team Up trainings with hands on training to those interested; and create information for a potential interactive template for procurement with drop down boxes including links to regulations or examples. Please click the button below to read this project’s detailed objectives.

Inaugural Meeting Summary


On February 21 and 22, 2024, USFA held the inaugural Advisory Procurement Workgroup meeting as a part of the USDA Cooperative Agreement Grant Project. To view the Advisory Procurement Workgroup Meeting Summary, please click the button below.

60-Day Technical Report


The 60-day Technical Report for USFA’s USDA Cooperative Agreement was completed after the inaugural in-person Advisory Procurement Workgroup meeting. This report highlights the collaborative relationships that define this project, the top 6 pain points of school food procurement identified by the Advisory Procurement Workgroup, a snapshot of USFA’s long-term and short-term project goals, an executive summary of project progress, and much more. To view the 60-Day Technical Report, please click the button below.

Cooperative Agreement Presentations



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