DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — October is Farm to School month and to celebrate, the Dubuque Community School District is supporting local farms and educating students by serving them meals packed with locally grown fruits and vegetables.
The school district nutrition department says they are always committed to serving their students healthy meals, but this month they wanted to go a little further and serve them food from farms in Iowa.
Along with making lunches with locally grown ingredients, food and nutrition manager Joann Franck says this month is an opportunity for them to teach the kids about what is grown right in their home state.
“We have table tents that we feature the farmers that are providing the produce for us and making sure the students are aware of who is giving us, or where we are purchasing that food from.”
Franck says it is important for them to teach their students about local food so they can spot the difference between what is grown locally and what they might find at a chain grocery store.
“I think it’s important to educate the students on what is locally grown and what’s available here and how it tastes differently than a mass production of the food,” She explains. “So, they can be aware when they start to purchase food of their own.”
The Dubuque Community school district is featuring produce including Bell Peppers from G It’s Fresh in Cresco, Iowa. They are also serving their students freshly picked apples from South Mound Orchard in Sherill, Iowa.
October 11th is Iowa Local Food Day. 150 school districts across the state participate to support their local farms. In order to participate, the school districts must serve at least two local food items for breakfast or lunch.