Guidelines for Purchasing New York State Food Products

New York State Finance Law (“SFL”) § 165(4) empowers State agencies purchasing food products to require that some or all of the food products be grown, harvested, produced, or processed in New York State. These guidelines are established jointly by the New York State Office of General Services and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets pursuant to 9 NYCRR § 250.2(d) and should be read broadly to encourage both the purchase of New York State Food Products as well as fair and open competition.

To view the guidelines, including requirements, sample solicitation language, and vendor certification requirements, download:

OGS has created a template to be completed by any agency buying food, whether NYS grown/harvested/produced or processed. Please note that agencies are required to report any food purchases, whether using NYS centralized contracts or agency-specific contracts, to OGS in a compiled format.

Questions? 

Questions regarding these guidelines or the food procurement process in general can be submitted to: