Chicago Schools to Source $2.3 Million from Local Farms

Submitted by greenamerica on September 19, 2010

Chicago Schools to Source $2.3 Million from Local Farms

Chicago

public schools will get $2.3 million worth of locally farmed fruits and vegetables this school year, due to a new partnership between their major food service provider and FamilyFarmed.org. Together with Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality, FamilyFarmed.org will ask Midwestern farmers for $500,000 more in fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, adding to the $1.8 million in local farm products purchased last year from Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. FamilyFarmed.org aims to provide a model for the nation that will not only provide Chicago students with healthy food, but will also support regional family farmers and increase economic development in rural communities.

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