The Local Institutional Food Team (LIFT) is here to help you source local food for your institution! We are a network of resource providers and industry experts that provide technical assistance to purchasers looking for local farm products and those wanting to start or participate in existing projects and programs that support local agriculture.

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Ready to buy local through your distributor, a food hub, or direct from producers?

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Learn more about specific toolkits, procurement and promotion resources, videos, webinars and ongoing projects.

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What is Farm to Institution?

Farm to Institution is the support of the local food economy through purchase of local farm and food products from regional producers and processors by institutions such as schools, colleges, hospitals, correctional facilities, and corporate campuses. Though each farm to institution program is unique, they generally share similar values and goals – to provide fresh, nutritious, locally sourced food in cafeterias.

Tell Us What you Think!

Are you a member of an educational, healthcare, or business institution in King County that is currently or would like to buy local food? Please take our quick survey to tell us how we are doing and what additional resources we can provide?

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Support Us

We are looking for collaborative partners and financial supporters to further the LIFT network of resources and technical assistance. If you would like to have your tools on this site and get recognition for the service you provide to institutions or producers, please contact our project managers on the About LIFT page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Are you a producer interested in selling to institutions? Check out Farm King County to learn more about selling your products at local King County schools, hospitals, colleges, senior centers, and more.

Additional Resources

Farm-to-Institution Strategies (Acrobat PDF)

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