2018 was a great success!

150 schools participated, serving 170,000 meals sourced from local Iowa producers! 100% of these schools said they are interested in increasing local purchases in the future.

Get involved in Local Food Day 2019!

Iowa Local Food Day

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship initiated Iowa Local Food Day in 2018 to bring together all sectors of Farm to School to celebrate Iowa-grown food!

Iowa Local Food Day:

  1. Provides a strong support network

  2. Aids food service directors in local food procurement

  3. Engages farmers in growing and selling to schools

  4. Helps farmers ramp up school sales by working on a smaller scale with Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP)

  5. Allows Farm to School activities to expand beyond fruits and vegetables

  6. Raises awareness of Farm to School across the state