It’s a mammoth task, but school districts are an active part of how farm to school programs help local farmers. The amount of produce needed to feed district children represents a challenge and a market potential for increasing local food in school lunches.

How Farm to School Programs Help Local FarmersIn Iowa City, the Iowa City Community School District daily serves over 8,000 lunches.  If those lunches include locally grown cherry tomatoes, it will take 346 pints for one day’s order.

The Iowa Farm to School program links schools with local farmers.  When there is no local chapter, districts work with the program for events such as the Big Apple Crunch.  in 2015, Cedar Rapids served 825 local apples for the Big Apple Crunch, while pairing curriculum and activities to mark National Farm to School Day.

Last year through cooperation with their local chapter, Iowa City increased the amount of local food by 132 percent in just one year. They worked with the non profit Field to Family organization.


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