Local Food for Schools 2023


This program provides funding for a Local Food for Schools (LFS) subgrant to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) during School Year 2022-2023. The goal of Maryland’s LFS grant is to facilitate procurement, distribution and/or storage of local foods. This is intended to expand local markets, with an emphasis on purchasing from historically underserved producers. The LFS project will build on existing initiatives by providing support to LEAs via grants for procurement from local, small, and socially disadvantaged producers.

Grant partners include Maryland Department of Agriculture, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Maryland Extension, Future Harvest, Frederick County Farm to School, and others.

Customer Service Support Sessions

MSDE will hold two customer service support sessions for interested applicants. During these sessions, MSDE personnel will review what applicants need to get started, the program requirements, as well as a walk-through of the application. Prospective applicants may register for one of two customer service sessions. See the dates, times, and registration links below:

LFS Customer Service Session #1

Wednesday, March 1 · 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
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LFS Customer Service Session #2

Thursday, March 2 · 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact the Program Monitor:

Jill Hann
Office: (410) 767-0218

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers will be posted to the MSDE website following customer service support sessions. 

When will the application be open?

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Application Submission Date: