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UNI Dining Named "King of Local Food"

UNI Dining Named "King of Local Food"


Cedar Valley King of Local Food - University of Northern Iowa Dining ServicesUNI Dining Receives 2017 Cedar Valley King of Local Food

The University of Northern Iowa Dining Services team was named 2017 Cedar Valley King of Local Food at the year-end NIFFP local food dinner held Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Commons Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
 
The Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership, NIFFP, is an organization dedicated to promoting the development of a local and regional food economy that positively impacts local farmers, consumers and businesses through education, collaboration, and economic development. Members of NIFFP include local producers and growers, local food advocates, institutions and businesses, and government officials.
 
UNI Dining was recognized for their 20-year commitment to supporting local foods and producers. UNI was one of the first organizations to sign on to the concept of local foods as a viable option and movement; and to adapt its facilities and practices specifically in support of the movement.
 
Kamyar Enshayan, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, presented UNI Dining with the award. “UNI Dining has been a force in demonstrating that it is possible and practical to buy from local farms and processors. UNI Dining has been doing this important work since 1998, a great inspiration to many other institutions. The King of Local Food Award is reserved for entities whose work has been pivotal in strengthening our region's local food economy.”
 
Over the past year, UNI Dining has purchased over $1,730,000 from farms within a 250 mile radius of Cedar Falls. That includes over $886,000 within the State of Iowa and over $106,000 within the immediate seven county region.
 
2017 marks the third year that NIFFP has recognized a King of Local Foods. Previous recipients were Rudy’s Tacos and Hansen’s Dairy.