Local Food Incentive Programs Necessary and Highly Effective for Iowa Farm to School and Early Care

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Farm to School in Iowa was first legislated in
2007, when lawmakers established a program
to one, link elementary, secondary, public and
non-public schools with Iowa farmers; two,
provide schools with fresh and minimally
processed Iowa-grown food for inclusion in
school meals and snacks; and three, encourage
children to develop healthy eating habits and
provide them with hands-on learning
activities. A coalition was formed to unite
stakeholders, which continued meeting and
networking through 2019. Realizing the need
for the early childcare sector to receive the
same support for and benefits of locally
sourced food, food education, and site
gardening, funding from the WK Kellogg
Foundation provided the means to create the
Iowa Farm to Early Care and Education (Farm
to ECE) Coalition in 2016.

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