Project ID



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.

Key Question

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.

Principal Investigator(s)

Teresa Wiemerslage

Year of Grant Completion