Racial equity in local food incentive programs

Examining gaps in data and evaluation





Local Procurement, Procurement Incentive Programs, Equity in Evaluation, Farm-to-School Programs, Early Care


Since 2002, over 60 local food procurement incentive bills for schools and early care sites have been introduced in state legislatures, and 23 have passed. While these bills promise benefits to children, schools, and producers, limited data collection and evaluation make it difficult to assess the true impacts of these policies’ implementation. Data and evaluation focused on the equity impacts of these bills are especially sparse. In this commentary, the authors provide recommendations for improving data collec­tion and evaluation of these local food incentive bills in order to inform and advance more equitable farm-to-school policy and programs.

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Author Biographies

Kristen Giombi, RTI International

Research Economist

Lacy Stephens, National Farm to School Network

Senior Program Manager

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How to Cite

Giombi, K., & Stephens, L. (2022). Racial equity in local food incentive programs: Examining gaps in data and evaluation. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 11(2), 9–12. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2022.112.002

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