Program Highlights Since 2013:

$39M+ Locally Sourced Foods Into The Midwest Economy Since 2013
796+ Farm-Identified Local Serves Menued
207,625,000M+ Local Meals Served
133+ serves of NAE poultry from Miller Farms
196 Classroom Visits By Farmers

Local Serve dates

Due to CPS School Closures, all local serves have been suspended. Please check back for updates.

Local sourcing is subject to weather and other unforseen circumstances that can affect farm inventory and the availability of local. Please check back for updates.


Product Served: Cajun Corn, Product of Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin

February Visitor: Maeve Mallers

The "Corn Belt"

The corn served at CPS is locally grown in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin - all less than 250 miles from Chicago. These states are in the “Corn Belt”, a region which has ideal conditions for growing corn.

February 20th Farm Visit Photos

The Farmer In My Lunchline February Video


Reporting Highlights Of the 2019-20 School Year:

$8.9M+ In Local Spend as of February 29, 2020
Local served to all CPS students at all schools 12x per month on average
Frozen local green beans, corn, carrots, fresh potatoes, apples and ABF whole muscle chicken (drumsticks) have been menued regularly through February 29, 2020
Local NAE Poultry from Miller Farms was used for Rotisserie Chicken, BBQ Chicken and Jerk Chicken Drumsticks
Fresh Serves have included Roasted Zucchini and Yellow Squash, Confetti Salad, Roasted Beets and Carrots, Cabbage Slaw and Roasted Red Quartered Potatoes
Farmers have visited the classroom throughout the fall, averaging 3 schools per visit and 3 classrooms per school
Three large vendors converted their processing practices to either state or farm identify product for CPS. Our thanks to Peterson Farms, McCain and Seneca Foods.
Reporting is generated monthly on local spend by farm, product, pound procured and monthly spend. If you would like further details please contact us below.