Food & Nutrition

Funding Opportunity: 

Local Food Purchase Assistance Program (LFPA): 
Request For Proposals (RFP) FY 2023-2024

 

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services(DHHS) requests proposals for projects to implement the USDA Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement (LFPA) Program in Utah. The purpose of this program is to maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency.

The program achieves this purpose by:
1. Providing an opportunity for States and Tribal Governments to strengthen their local and regional food system. 
2. Help to support local and socially disadvantaged producers through building and expanding economic opportunities.
3. Establish and broaden partnerships with local producers and the emergency food distribution community, and local food networks, including non-profits to ensure distribution of fresh and nutritious foods in underserved communities

Please refer to the Request for Proposals (RFP) on how to apply. 
Question? Contact Natalie Loots (nloots@utah.gov) or Laura Holtrop Kohl (lholtrop@utah.gov). 

Download LFPA RFP Here (PDF)

Download the LFPA RFP here (.docx)


Utah LFPA FAQ

 

Utah LFPA RFP Office Hours
Applicants have the opportunity to attend office hours meetings to ask questions or receive clarification on the RFP. This will occur during the following times: 

Thursday, December 15 · 11:00am – 12:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/yau-rgjg-fwt
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 650-530-6104‬ PIN: ‪270 554 892‬#

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 · 4:00 – 5:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/xeb-qyjw-dwx 
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 216-930-9061‬ PIN: ‪591 762 608‬#

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 · 9:00 – 10:00am
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/qvp-gsiu-irr 
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 385-645-6729‬ PIN: ‪906 137 255‬#


Crowd-sourced Producer List. Please add to this list if you are a local producer/know a local producer who is eligible and interested in participating in this project (see definitions of local and eligible producers in the RFP): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vJWvUQ4Fp7KpjWz0yBMPpGBWgEJi59ChTk-qLXavYPE/edit?usp=sharing

 


How Do I Eat Healthy?

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Americans would be much healthier if we all simply ate 2 cups of fruit a day and 3 cups of vegetables a day along with our snacks and meals. That’s it.

  • Find lots of information on how to prepare tasty fruits and vegetables from Have a Plant.
  • Find basic nutrition information on meal planning from the USDA’s MyPlate.
  • Find more nutrition information from the CDC.
  • Find more information on how to give your child the best nutrition and other lifecycle stages
Healthy recipes and more

There are many sources on the internet for recipes. How can you find recipes that you know are healthy?   Here are some dependable sites that also include nutrition information.

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a trustworthy source for nutrition information. There are daily tips and a question of the day, as well as a feature on reviews of popular diet books so that you can avoid diet scams.
  • If you wish to find a local registered dietitian and speak with them directly, this Dietitian Locator will be helpful.
  • Mayo Clinic You can search by special diet, such as high fiber, heart-healthy, or meatless. It also lets you search for recipes by main ingredient.
  • The American Institute for Cancer Research promotes foods that can help fight cancer. Their research on specific foods translates into delicious recipes that promote health.
  • The American Heart Association provides healthy living and lifestyle resource center including heart-healthy recipes.
  • National Institutes of Health offers recipes that are heart healthy and include important information about the serving size, number of servings, calories, and other nutrients. Also includes heart healthy Latino recipes, in Spanish and English.
  • The Create Better Health (SNAP-Ed) program at Utah State University Extension provides information, recipes, cookbooks and resources to help busy families plan, shop, and cook health meals.
  • Live Well Utah has a farmer's market themed cookbook that also includes helpful information for planting a family garden along with harvesting, cooking and preserving the produce.
  • Washington State University Nutrition Program has a set of healthy recipes for families, including kid-friendly and thrifty choices. Available in English and Spanish.
Red Flags for Misinformation on Nutrition

The media and internet are great sources for nutrition information. Along with good information, there is a lot of misinformation that can even harm your health. There are many things you can look for when evaluating the credibility of a source. Ask yourself these questions when evaluating:

  • Does the information seem too good to be true?
  • Does it say you will be able to get quick and easy results?
  • Does the information come from a trendy magazine, newspaper, news report or website that ends in .com?
  • Is the source trying to sell you something?

If the answer to any of these questions is “YES” then you need to be more careful in what you believe from that source. Credible nutrition information sources should usually have the following characteristics:

  • Involve eating healthy with all things in moderation, and exercising
  • Seem to show slow but steady results
  • Be backed by journals and published research (i.e. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)

Come from a nonprofit organization or websites that end in .gov or .org (i.e. Eatright.org, Choosemyplate.gov, U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Utah Breastfeeding Coalition, UDOH

Where Do I Find Healthy Foods?

There are likely healthy food sources all around you, but if you need some help finding them, keep reading. The following are some resources that may help you shop healthier and improve your food choices.

Eat Well Utah
Gardening & Community Gardens
Farmers Markets
Food For Those Who Need It

 

Nutrition Policy

Learn why nutrition policy is important, because eating healthy takes more than willpower. Our environment affects our eating habits more than we might realize. The Center for Science in the Public Health includes policy options to promote nutrition.  Here are some example efforts:

Utah Programs:
National Policy:
Food Policy Councils

Food policy councils bring together diverse stakeholders from many sectors of the food system. They serve as forums for discussing food issues, foster coordination between sectors in the food system, evaluate and influence policy, and launch or support programs and services that address local needs. Learn more about food policy councils from the CDC.

Check out Utah’s Local Food Advisory Council, Salt Lake City’s Food Policy Council and Ogden Food Council