Grinnell College, IA Local Foods Purchasing Policy

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Grinnell College, IA, US

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Type: Policy

Status: In effect

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Local Food Statement
Grinnell College believes that locally grown food has many advantages. Food that is grown and processed close to where it will be consumed can be fresher, healthier and more flavorful. Purchasing locally grown items supports local businesses and farmers and reduces transportation costs, environmental impact, and the use of preservatives.

Jerry and Dick receiving local melons In light of these benefits of locally grown foods, Grinnell College will make reasonable efforts to identify and makes purchases of affordably priced local food products that reflect the College's commitment to environmental responsibility. In seeking local food, the College will use a three-tiered definition of local, placing the highest priority on food that comes from Poweshiek County and the surrounding counties (Tama, Benton, Iowa, Keokuk, Mahaska, Marion, Jasper, and Marshall), followed by prioritizing food from the state of Iowa, and then food from the Central Plains region.

For more information, read the Spring 2006 student project, "Local Foods and Grinnell College Dining Services".

Grinnell College's local foods purchasing was highlighted in a recent article in Food Service Director Magazine. Check it out!