Cooperation with a local food hub can be beneficial for bringing together farmers and school district food services interested in serving local food to their students. This project in northeast Iowa successfully navigated some of the challenges for these groups to collaborate.
Can schools be viable local food markets for Iowa farmers if they partner with a food hub?
Yes. In order to truly grow farm to school programs, there needs to be an intermediary market like a food hub that can serve as a facilitator between the farmer and the school. Schools are a low-margin, high-volume market and food hubs need multiple producers available to meet the demand. Food hubs also need enough capacity to conduct weekly calls to schools to collect orders.
Year of Grant Completion
Wiemerslage, Teresa, "Increasing the capacity of a local food hub to service the public school market" (2016). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 518.