Local Food for Schools


The purpose of the LFS is 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.

When will the application be open?

This Grant Information Guide (GIG) was released on April 15, 2024.

Application Submission Date

Tuesday, April 30, 2024. No later than 5:00 pm EST.

Funding Amount Available

$264,739 is available.

Estimated Number of Grants

Seven (7)

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.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Video Call Link

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Video Call Link


If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact the Program Manager:

Jill Hann
Program Administration Specialist
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.


Grant Information Guide (PDF)

Application for Participation (Word)