Tompkins County Child Nutrition departments work to provide the highest quality meals to their students, understanding that school meals are an essential component of student health, well-being, and future success. Tompkins County Farm to School works to connect k-12 schools with local food providers to improve student nutrition, provide agriculture and nutrition education opportunities, and support local and regional farmers. Child Nutrition departments are also striving to achieve this by working with vendors who can cultivate relationships with various types of local farmers that canprovide local products to our districts. Geographic Preference is a credit system designed to help local providers by awarding the bidder with the highest geographic preference percentage points a 10% credit on the bid price for a given product.
Geographic preference is based on price, location, food safety, and distribution capabilities. Geographic Preference bids will take place at the beginning of each spring and fall.
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Last updated November 18, 2020