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Exploring Models of Local Food Procurement in Farm to Early Care and Education Programs

April 21, 2022

Farm to Early Care and Education (Farm to ECE) initiatives generate similarbenefits as Farm to School programs. However, there is a lack of research aboutlocal food procurement in Farm to ECE programs. We provide a descriptiveevaluation of how 12 child care centers that participated in a Farm to ECEprogram procured local food. We found that centers purchased low volumes atthe beginning of the program, creating challenges for establishing viablerelationships with local food suppliers. Centers employed strategies such asbuilding relationships with distributors and retailers, picking up local food, andaggregating demand with other centers and families to create successfulprograms

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems

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