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Students “Snap for Snap Peas!” at summer meal sites

by Chelsea Krist, program coordinator Oh, snap! School’s out for the summer. But the Iowa Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program is all in, supporting food access across the state in June and July. The summer program provides nutritious meals and snacks to youth in low-income areas. Sponsors at libraries, summer school programs, parks, … Continue reading Students “Snap for Snap Peas!” at summer meal sites

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Global Greens shares origin story with fellow food hubs

by Kayla Koether, food systems specialist Iowa’s local food hubs are a tight-knit group. They learn from each other and work together to strengthen the local foods economy, meeting regularly as part of the Food Hub Managers Working Group (FHMWG). Yet, Iowa’s food hubs are a study in diversity. They cover distinct geographic regions, operate … Continue reading Global Greens shares origin story with fellow food hubs

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Building capacity with Iowa’s local food coordinators

by Leigh Adcock, communications specialist It’s a job title that didn’t exist a decade ago. Now Iowa’s local food coordinators play a unique and crucial role in the development of robust local food systems statewide. Right now, about 10 coordinators serve 75 of Iowa’s 99 counties. Some work for extension. Others report to local governments … Continue reading Building capacity with Iowa’s local food coordinators