The FDA has submitted some new stats showing a trend towards purchasing more local food for school cafeterias. The FDA is reporting that 42,173 schools purchased nearly $600 million worth of local food, a $212 million increase from the previous year. The results are self-reported by schools and schools are still reporting. Preliminary results show, however, that 75% of schools saw “more kids choosing school meals, lower food costs from buying local, great support from parents and the community, and less food waste thanks to more delicious options.”
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