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While use of local foods in U.S. school meal programs has increased dramatically since the 1990s, supply constraints are often cited as an impediment. We use responses from the nationally administered 2015 Farm to School Census to estimate a double hurdle model exploring how local food purchases by schools are influenced by local agricultural conditions. We find that direct to consumer agricultural production and milk production had a positive impact on local non-milk and local milk purchases, respectively. We find this result is robust to endogeneity and sample selection tests.

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