Initiative brings local food to Casey’s stores in Iowa


Soybeans grow on a farm in northwest Iowa. (TumblingRun/Flickr)
Soybeans grow on a farm in northwest Iowa. (TumblingRun/Flickr)

Nick Fetty | October 7, 2015

Casey’s General Store’s renowned breakfast pizza could be tasting a little fresher thanks to a new local initiative.

The Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FFP) has announced it will work with Iowa farmers to supply locally-grown meat, eggs, and cheese to Casey’s General Stores across the state as part of a program known as “Homegrown Food, Homegrown Values.” The initiative aims to not only benefit local economies but also have a positive environmental impact.

“The Iowa Food and Family Project is all about letting consumers know where our food comes from and what farmers do to grow and raise it,” said Iowa FFP Coordinator Lindsey Foss. “We’ve been cultivating these conversations since 2011 about what farmers do to produce safe, quality food and what they do for the environment, and giving back to their communities. And that all embodies their hometown values which is the background on this campaign.”

Casey’s – an Ankeny, Iowa-based company – is the country’s fifth-largest chain of pizza kitchens with nearly 2,000 stores in 14 states, including more than 500 in Iowa.

In addition to Homegrown Food, Homegrown Values, the Iowa FFP also sponsors the Iowa Games as well as Live Healthy Iowa. Iowa FFP also works closely with organizations such as the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Iowa Soybean Association, and the Iowa Egg Council.

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