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. Please note that agencies are required to report food purchases, whether using NYS centralized food contracts or agency-specific food contracts where the agency has determined that all or some of the food products to be purchased must be New York State Food Products . This report should be provided to OGS in a compiled format.

New York State Food Metrics


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