New nutrition regulations for student meals spurred a project to help schools use more Iowa-grown products with the creation of a seasonal, cycle menus. Utilizing cycle menus, training students in cafeteria coaching, and access to a local food hub yielded good results for several northeast Iowa schools.
Can a cycle menu featuring Iowa-grown foods lead to increased local food purchases by Iowa public schools?
Yes, incorporating Iowa-grown foods into a cycle menu for schools is an effective way for schools to increase their local food use. Schools use the most local food from August through October. However, Iowa products with a more consistent supply such as yogurt, eggs or meat, or frozen produce can be used the entire school year.
Year of Grant Completion
Wiemerslage, Teresa, "Implementing a seasonal cycle menu for public schools featuring Iowa-grown and processed foods" (2014). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 481.