Iowa Districts

29%
of Iowa school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

98

438

174,145

Another 17% of districts surveyed plan to start farm to school activities in the future.

(Note: of the 449 school districts in Iowa, 75% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)

Highlights

$3,836,670

invested in local food in Iowa
with the average school district spending

2%

of their budget on local products.
School districts in Iowa are currently buying the following types of local foods:
  • 72%

    fruits
  • 76%

    vegetables
  • 16%

    milk
  • 16%

    meat or poultry

52%

of Iowa districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
Iowa school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In Iowa local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 33%

    breakfast
  • 83%

    lunch
  • 1%

    supper
  • 16%

    snacks
  • 21%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
At least

108

school gardens are growing in Iowa
Tend and water those gardens; their benefits are well documented!
In Iowa,

36%

of School Districts
Are Engaging Preschool Children
in Farm to School Activities.
In Iowa,

17%

Of School Districts Are Using Local Foods in Summer Meals.
Learn more about these results. See the details
Based on a tally of the number of votes received, the school district above was selected as a stand out in Iowa.
What we heard during the nomination process:
We have a variety locally grown vegetables and fruit served in our hot lunch program, for children's' snacks and from our school garden. The summer school program visits the local farmer's market. The school garden vegetables are picked and served to the students.
Congratulations to all the school districts in Iowa conducting farm to school programs.

From buying local food to planting school gardens to teaching kids where their food comes from, Iowa is ‘bringing the farm to school.’ Peruse the list below for more information on the great work taking place in Iowa.

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