Iowa Local Food Day

info webinar featureAbout Iowa Local Food Day

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship received a USDA Farm to School grant of $100,000 to create a statewide celebration — Iowa Local Food Day.

Iowa Local Food Day takes place in October during National Farm to School Month. For 2018, the date is October 11.

This first-of-its-kind event on will bring together all sectors of farm to school, with goals to:

  1. provide a strong support network;
  2. aid food service directors in making local procurements;
  3. engage more growers in growing and selling produce to schools;
  4. help growers ramp up school sales by working on a smaller scale with summer food service programs;
  5. allow farm to school activities to expand beyond fruits and vegetables; and
  6. raise public awareness of Iowa’s farm to school efforts.

Schools and districts can participate by serving two locally sourced foods that day, at breakfast or lunch. Learn more and find resources at!

Here is a 33-minute video of a webinar held Sept. 5, 2018, that provides lots of great information and answers questions about how your school can participate in Iowa Local Food Day. Presenters include Teresa Wiemerslage of ISU Extension and Outreach, executive chef Chad Taylor of Des Moines Public Schools, and chef Chad Elliott of the Decorah School District.

Slides from their presentations are available at this link.