Farm to school efforts often are stymied by the difficulties of sourcing local food in large enough quantities and on a schedule that works for the participants. An Iowa RC&D developed tools and education that were needed to help these programs get started and succeed in bringing more local food into school lunchrooms.
What resources are needed to help school food directors procure local food for school meals?
Iowa Valley RC&D and a steering committee of school food directors determined that an online toolkit with preformatted templates and forms as well as a regional database of farms and schools would help meet the needs for local food resources. They also concluded that it was very important for the food directors to meet quarterly or twice a year to network with representatives from other districts.
Year of Grant Completion
Grimm, Jason, "Procurement tools to develop sustainable local food purchasing models for farm to school chapters" (2014). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 475.