Tennessee Department of Agriculture partnership will support farmers and expand access to local, nutritious foods – Clarksville Online

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) announces its participation in a program that will increase local food purchases from underserved farmers and growers in Tennessee and get it to those who need it most.

TDA will participate in the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement (LFPA) program, established by the Agricultural Marketing Service of the United States Department of Agriculture and authorized by the American Rescue Plan.

The initiative aims to maintain and improve the resilience of the agricultural supply chain to support local, regional and socially disadvantaged farmers and producers through the purchase of locally grown fresh foods, food and beverages.

“TDA will use LFPA funds to expand economic opportunity for Tennessee farmers and growers who have historically had fewer opportunities,” said Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, DVM. “Our participation will help provide nutritious foods and beverages unique to our regions to Tennesseans who do not have access to them.”

With funding from the LFPA, TDA will partner with Feeding America food banks in Tennessee in their efforts to source high-quality food and beverages produced in the state or within 400 miles of the delivery destination. These healthy foods will be distributed to food-insecure citizens across the state.

TDA’s mission is to serve all citizens of Tennessee by providing options for responsible use of our agricultural and forestry resources, expanding economic opportunity, protecting food and fiber, and ensuring fairness in the marketplace.