Iowa Local Food Day

Join us for school lunch on Iowa local food day:


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On Iowa Local Food Day, participating K-12 school districts, colleges and childcare centers will serve menus featuring local ingredients.

To participate schools must serve at least 2 local items for breakfast or lunch.


Sample Menu


Schools have lots of options to consider for their menus. The ideal menu could include a Iowa corn muffin and veggie bake for breakfast. Lunch could include a Pulled Pork Sandwich, Roasted Vegetables, Iowa Coleslaw, and Local Fresh fruit. 

Use any of the menus or recipes provided or create your own! Have a recipe you want to share?  Contact us.

See below for more additional recipe options.

Breakfast IDEAS

  • Local yogurt              

  • Breakfast bake w/local veggies

  • Iowa corn muffin    

  • Iowa local fruit (such as apple)

Fresh Fruit options

In addition to Iowa apples, search out local watermelon or cantaloupe.

lunch ideas

  • Roasted vegetables to create a medley mix

  • Local potato wedges 

  • Pulled pork  sandwich made with locally sourced pork

  • Sloppy joe made with locally sourced beef

  • Coleslaw made with green and red cabbage

  • Black beans and rice dish

  • Orange glazed carrots and squash

  • Zucchini moons

  • Frozen Iowa sweet corn


“Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings.”

National Farm to School Network

Get Involved

Iowa Local Food Day will require participation and support from all parts of the community. As a school food service director or administrator, as a local farmer and of course as a volunteer or parent. Please let us know how you would like to get involved.

commit as a school participant

Commit to serve local food October 11th for breakfast or lunch and join the farm to school movement in Iowa.

Volunteer in your school

Volunteer in your school with meal prep or in the lunch line or join your kids for lunch and celebrate with them.

become a school vendor

Are you interested in becoming a vendor for your school district? Here is more information about the next steps.