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Program Highlights Since 2013:

$45M+ Locally Sourced Foods Into The Midwest Economy Since 2013
Local Spend in 2020-21 School Year To Date: $6M
764+ Farm and State-Identified Local Serves Menued since 2013
267,400,000M+ Local Meals Served
133+ serves of NAE poultry from Miller Farms
196 Classroom Visits By Farmers

Local Serve dates

CPS continues its local program throughout school closures during Covid-19. Scroll to see a report on local sourcing activity for the 2020-2021 school year to present.

Below see local farm and state-identified serves each month

Local and WBE/MBE was also regularly sourced for products that include milk, tortillas, bread and apples.

LOCAL FARM VISITS AND VIDEOS

Prior to school closures during Covid -19 CPS brought farmers into the classroom to educate students on where their foods comes from, discuss life and job opportunities on the farm, and engage younger students in agriculturally-related art activities.

During the summer of 2020, given school closures during the pandemic, two farms were interviewed on the farm and videos created to continue this education. In early March a new video will highlight additional job opportunities along the supply chain.

Below are the two summer on-farm videos, as well as the archive of farm visit videos from the 2019-20 school year. The first supply chain career video will be posted on March 1st. Enjoy!

LARRYVILLE GARDENS, BURLINGTON, WI

THIS OLD FARM, COLFAX, IN

CPS VISITOR: NEUMILLER FARMS, SAVANNA, IL

CPS VISITOR: STAHL FARMS, DEERFIELD, MI

CPS VISITOR: J&J FARMS, HUDSONVILLE, MI

CPS VISITOR: MALBURG ACRES- HART, MI

CPS VISITOR: BW ORCHARDS, HART, MI

CPS VISITOR: URBAN AG BY OLISAEMEKA OKAKPUĀ 

CPS VISITOR: THIS OLD FARM, COLFAX, IN

CPS VISITOR: ALL GRASS FARMS, DUNDEE, IL

Reporting Highlights Of the 2020-21 School Year:

$2.8M+ Into the Local Economy as of January 31, 2021 during the pandemic.
Farm and state-identified sourcing for all CPS meals 2x per month on average during the pandemic.
Consistent sourcing of local milk, tortillas and bread.
Local NAE Poultry from Miller Farms was used for Rotisserie Chicken, BBQ Chicken and Jerk Chicken Drumsticks
Creative serves have included Confetti Salad, Winter Moon Root Vegetable Blend, Carrot Coins, Diced Butternut Squash and Midwest Soup in addition to frozen local corn, carrots and green beans used in recipe creation.
The farm visits have been replaced with a video each quarter that educate on farming and careers along the supply chain.
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.

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