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Local Food Makes Cents: For Iowa Kids and Farmers awards $43,000 to Early Care Education providers

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Funding totaling $43,000 has been awarded to 125 Early Care and Education (ECE) sites who participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to take part in the incentive pilot called Local Food Makes Cents: For Iowa Kids and Farmers.

Last November, partners within the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition were awarded a Farm to Early Care and Education Implementation Grant (FIG) from the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN). One of the grant strategies focuses on improving child nutrition by investing in Iowa agriculture through this incentive pilot.

Awarded centers and home providers will be allocated funding from April through September to purchase local foods (fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy and grain) from local farmers, farmers markets or food hubs. This funding for local food procurement will help mitigate financial risks associated with new procurement partnerships and new foods.

Grant coordinators seek to create positive local food purchasing experiences for the providers, children and families, and local farmers and food hubs.

Reimbursement, administered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will occur after the purchase of local foods takes place and the foods are incorporated into a CACFP reimbursable meal or snack. Each awarded center/provider is eligible for reimbursement for serving local foods based on a funding model of the number of October meals served x 10 cents/meal. Providers must spend a minimum of 50 percent of grant funds on local fruits and vegetables.

For more information, contact Patti Delger at patti.delger@iowa.gov or 515-281-5676.

125 ECEs across 41 Iowa counties (highlighted on map) will receive grants, ranging from $50 for smaller in-home sites, to $4,200 for larger centers, totaling $43,000.

125 ECEs across 41 Iowa counties (highlighted on map) will receive grants, ranging from $50 for smaller in-home sites, to $4,200 for larger centers, totaling $43,000.

Additional information can be found in this newsletter article.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 17, 2021 at 9:22pm.