Project ID



Pilot project explored what sorts of activities are successful in raising the interest of school food service personnel and students in buying, serving and eating local food.

Key Question

Is it possible to incorporate locally grown food into the Des Moines Public Schools meal program, and if so, what are the best ways to introduce local foods?


The project showed that district staff members welcome the possibility of sourcing ingredients from local farmers because of the freshness and quality of the produce. However, processing whole produce takes extra time and money for the district, and in this way can be burdensome for staff to manage. When fresh, local food is introduced to students, it needs to be highlighted so they recognize it as something special.

Principal Investigator(s)

Hannah Lewis

Year of Grant Completion