Local Food Purchase Assistance Program Public Meetings

Through the Iowa Local Food Purchase Assistance Program, Iowa will buy $1.8 million dollars of local food including produce, meat, dairy and value-added products over the next two years from local food producers and deliver it free-of-charge to underserved communities in Iowa. This program will especially emphasize creating market opportunities for socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers.

Local Foods Purchasing Assistance Program — Now Open!

Iowa LFPA Logo 02Along with our partner organizations, PFI is pleased to announce that the Iowa Local Foods Purchasing Assistance Program is now open for farmers and vendors!

The Iowa Local Foods Purchasing Assistance Program will buy local food from Iowa’s producers for distribution to Iowans in under-resourced communities.

If you produce local food in Iowa and are interested in selling your raw agricultural products or value-added products into the Iowa LFPA program, submit this producer registration form to receive more information on becoming an LFPA vendor. All local food farmers are encouraged to apply, including beginning farmers, smaller-scale producers, and farmers who primarily distribute through CSAs or share boxes.

Products eligible for sale to the Iowa LFPA include: produce, grains, legumes, dairy, meat, mushrooms, eggs, honey, maple syrup, and value added products containing at least 51% locally-produced raw product. Products must be produced within the state of Iowa or in the immediate bordering counties to be eligible for sale into LFPA.

Registration should take about 15 minutes; please have any relevant licenses, food safety certificates, and W9 forms available as you complete the form.

Questions? Contact Natasha Hegmann at (515) 232-5661 or natasha.hegmann(at)practicalfarmers(dot)org.