MOCS works with City agencies to encourage the purchase of food grown or produced in New York State and reports on such purchases.
Local Law 50 of 2011 required MOCS to establish guidelines for City agencies that assist in increasing the purchase of New York State food through food purchase and food-related services contracts. City agencies use the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) list of food items available from New York State sources.
Download the New York State Food Purchasing Guidelines
Download the New York State Foods Reference List
Local Law 50 of 2011 also requires the CCPO to report on the efforts during the preceding fiscal year to implement the city guidelines for the purchase of New York state food.
Download the Fiscal 2016 Local Law 50 Report
To help its nonprofit human service partners leverage their purchasing power, and reduce administrative costs, the City has established a Group Purchasing partnership with Essensa.
More information on Group Purchasing.
In addition to its other offerings, Essensa's Buy Local program allows nonprofits to purchase local food at low prices.
More information on Buy Local.
Greenmarket Co., GrowNYC’s new Long Island City based wholesale local food distribution hub, brings farm grown produce at good prices to New York City neighborhoods. Greenmarket Co. delivers local produce to bodegas, grocery stores, caterers, restaurants, institutional buyers and more, as well as brokering deals between purchasers and regional farmers. The hub also serves as a central distribution point to move wholesale produce to GrowNYC’s food access initiatives including Youth market farm stands, YUM Food Box, healthy school fundraisers along with sourcing for city and other projects such as DOE’s Garden to Café program and more.
Find out more
GrowNYC’s Wholesale Greenmarket
The Wholesale Greenmarket facilitates sales between wholesale buyers such as small grocers, institutions, restaurants, and distributors and small- and medium-sized growers from New York and adjacent states.
Learn more about Greenmarket.
Farmers markets can often accommodate agencies who have services or contractors purchasing in small amounts.
List of farmers markets
Farmers Web is an online marketplace connecting local farms with wholesale buyers. Farms post and maintain their current availability along with delivery settings. Buyers can browse by item or farm and shop directly online. On Farmers Web, buyers can learn about the farms, growing methods used, and where the products are coming from.
Pure Catskills is a buy local campaign aimed at supporting the local food community in the Catskills region. We work with hundreds of farm and food businesses throughout Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster Counties in New York State. Access the searchable database of producers online or request a printed copy.
Increasingly, purchasers can connect to farmers through Food Hubs.
Find out how
Under New York State General Municipal Law (GML) §103, City agencies have a number procurement tools to increase their options for purchasing New York State food products. For any direct purchase of food products covered by this option, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) would be the purchaser. For food-related services, such as catering or meal delivery services, other City agencies could be the purchasers. These tools include the following:
Contact DCAS for more information on New York State food price preferences.
Where a New York State sourcing requirement is a material term of the contract, agencies may require vendors to submit reports detailing the source of the food provided and/or require vendors to ensure that all cases of New York State food products are labeled as such.
Please contact MOCSFood@cityhall.nyc.gov for assistance.