b'Although few farmers in our sample reported being unable to transport their products, it is im-portant from a sustainability perspective that transportation costs are offset by sufficient volume of school food orders. As stated in the G/FLRPC report, the low volume of invoice orders coupled with the cost of trucking from the farms to the schools prevented the continuation of a Farm to School program with broad multi-sector support in Wyoming County. Building connections between schools, farms and local distributors to ease transportation barriers is an area where communities can work to address gaps in making local food available to schools.Price and School Bid ProcessResponses from both farmers and food service directors indicated that pricing is also a potential limitation to offering produce to schools, sourced locally or not. While school districts have some flexibility in choosing locally sourced food even if not the lowest cost, limited food service budget might still accept bids from larger distributors, and canned and frozen products. Schools identified several food products that they do not purchase specifically due to cost (local or non-local), includ-ing spring mix (29.4 percent), baby spinach (23.5 percent), and beef (76.5 percent), chicken (71 percent), and pork (71 percent). Farmers also identified pricing (42 percent), and the school bid process as barriers to selling locally, with over 60 percent of our sample reporting that they would like help with understanding the school bid process.In 2018, New York State passed legislation to expand the Farm to School Program, increasing the reimbursement rate (from 6 cents per meal to 25 cents per meal) for school food programs that spend 30 percent or more of their school food budgets on local food. 12This legislation was aimed at increasing availability of local foods in schools and bolstering the economy by supporting farmers in New York State. Making Connections to Foster OpportunitiesBoth farmers and school food service directors were asked how the regions Farm to Table Coalition can help get local foods into local schools. A lack of a network for mutual understanding of avail-ability and procurement processes has been identified by both farmers and food service directors as a barrier. Creative approaches to building networks and identifying brokers between schools and local farms could help bridge the gaps identified. As described in the Genesee Finger Lakes Region-al Planning Council report, the Attica Central School District was able to work with a retired farmer who acted as a broker between the food service program and local farms to allow for local pur-chasing when possible; Cornell Cooperative Extension programs in some counties are also building capacity for farm to school programs. The need for connections and a network to connect schools, farms and food distributors was identi-fied by both farmers and schools:89 percent of farmers would like help being connected to school districts interested in farm to school.61 percent would like to be connected to distributors who deliver to local schools.61 percent need help understanding school bids.Among school food service directors:68 percent would like help with connecting farmers to food distributors they are currently using42 percent would like help letting farmers know what items they want to purchase locally32 percent need assistance with personally brokered relationships between schools and farmers32'