Let’s not make it more difficult to feed our kids at school. We don’t need this red tape at the federal level. If a state wants to force their education system to use local product, then the state can make the law. In California and in the Pacific Northwest, where nutritious food is grown locally and is very high-quality, this law makes sense, but ONLY at a state level because the West Coast is unique in that regard. Making this a federal law forces many states that cannot provide quality products en masse to pay a lot more and those states are the ones who are at least able to do so, where more children need the security of school-based nutrition, and where the education funding is at its lowest. We cannot put another roadblock in the way of the children of “flyover” states, just to sell more California agriculture to the public school system. If California is trying to sell more California agriculture to California schools, fine, let them make a state law. Either way, this doesn’t belong to the federal level. The USA does not produce enough of all kinds of food in every season of the year in order to supply food to every school in the country. That just doesn’t jive with reality. I’m a progressive liberal from the PNW, but this is just a bad idea. This disproportionately hurts the central states where the education systems can’t afford more economic damage. As a Washington resident, I would rather feed more kids in the poor central states than sell more apples and asparagus and feed fewer kids. Remember, it’s not the children’s fault they live there.