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Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program

The Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA) gives funds to groups who will buy food from socially disadvantaged farmers and producers to give to underserved communities.

MDAR has selected organizations to implement the goals of the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (“LFPA”). The purpose of this program is to maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency.

What is the LFPA?

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is establishing the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). The LFPA program is part of the “Build Back Better” initiative, authorized by the American Rescue Plan.

MDAR is giving funds to groups who will buy food from socially disadvantaged farmers and producers to give to underserved communities.

The food will meet the needs of the population, and serve feeding programs, including food banks, schools and organizations that reach underserved communities. In addition to increasing local food consumption, funds will help build and expand economic opportunity for local and socially disadvantaged producers.

To self-identify as a socially disadvantaged farmer or producer, please complete this form. Your information will be used to build a database for outreach purposes. 

MDAR received $7.5 million from USDA for the LFPA program, and awarded approximately $7.2 million in projects through a competitive proposal process. USDA News release.

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I'm a socially disadvantaged farmer or producer. How do I connect with funded groups?

There are different ways to connect with groups that have been funded through LFPA. 

1. This webpage will be updated with a list of funded groups. Farmers and producers can call or email the project contact to express interest in selling food through LFPA.

2. Register on the MassGrown Exchange. Consider including "LFPA" in your business or product description to identify your interest in the program. If you have questions or need support to register, contact Richard.Leblanc@mass.gov. 

3. Complete the self-identification form to receive direct updates on the LFPA Program and other MDAR programs. 

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More Information

To help guide and inform our application, MDAR held a listening session for the public on February 3, 2022. Recording here.

If you would like to receive Department updates and subscribe to the Farm & Market Report, please send blank email to: subscribe-agr-farmandmarketreport@listserv.state.ma.us or contact Richard.LeBlanc@mass.gov.

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