The Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative is moving from planning to implementation, with a new grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant, $1.2 million over three years, extends the work that the initiative began two years ago with W.K. Kellogg Foundation funding. ISU Extension will continue as the lead partner, along with Luther College. The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque is the fiscal agent.
Through the initiative, northeast Iowans have been working to increase the affordability and convenience of locally grown, healthy food, while promoting opportunities for physical activity that fit rural lifestyles and livelihoods. From increased funding of indoor recreation facilities to getting fresh, local foods into school cafeterias, these Iowans are committed to sustaining the health of the land and community members, while increasing community economic viability.