Vinton-Shellsburg Food Service Department Receives Funding from Iowa Local Food For Schools

More Vinton-Shellsburg meals will be featuring Iowa foods thanks to a grant from the Iowa Local Food for Schools grant (LFS). 

The School District has been awarded $8,000.00 to procure local foods that are healthy, nutritious and unique to their geographic area. 

In addition to increasing local food consumption, funds also build and expand economic opportunity for local, socially disadvantaged producers and small businesses. Through this program, producers can sell to K-12 schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. School awards are facilitated by the local food hubs. 

Karen Ackman District Food Service Director says that through the LFS program their school will be able to provide “local” beef  and other protein foods for our students. I am ecstatic to finally be able to source local protein items for the district.

Iowa Local Food for Schools was launched in October 2022 by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service with funding from USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation. LFS is a cooperative agreement with the USDA and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. 

To learn more about the program and how to support it, visit The LFS program is building new partnerships and infrastructure across the state to continue serving K-12 schools with high-quality local food.

Some of V-S CSD Partners are Sri and Jim Wheeler, Country View Dairy, 99 Counties, Field to Family, Buffalo Ridge Orchard, Becks Orchard, Iowa Food Hub