Golden Hills RC&D is partnering with Iowa State University on the Iowa Nutrition Network School Grant Program to provide assistance with starting and maintaining school gardens and procuring local foods for school meals, snacks or tastings. The Iowa Nutrition Network School Grant Program is a nutrition education and obesity prevention program funded by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Golden Hills staff are working with the Council Bluffs Community School District focusing on procurement of local foods and incorporation into menus. Our challenge will be to secure the volume of food when the school needs it a price they can afford. Making positive alterations to the nearly 10,000 meals served daily to students in the Council Bluffs School District is sure to create healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
We are currently seeking funds to develop a larger, more regional Farm to School program in Southwest Iowa.