As New Legislation Connects Schools and Farmers, Chicago Public Schools Seek Additional $500,000 of

July 22, 2010

Today we have a guest blog by Jean Saunders, director of marketing at Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality for Chicago Public Schools


Girl-w-peach_Paderewski_9.2 Last Saturday at the Oak Park Farmers’
Market,

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
authorized
legislation
that will make it easier for schools to obtain locally-grown
food and will contribute to the growth of farm-to-school programs
across Illinois. The legislation will create an electronic database on
the state Department of Agriculture web site that helps schools connect
with local farmers.


This exciting new legislation comes
just as Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality for Chicago Public Schools has
issued a
request for
information

[pdf] asking Illinois farmers to contract for $500,000 of fresh and
frozen fruits and vegetables. This is in addition to the $1.8 million
in local farm products purchased last year and served in Chicago Public
Schools.


From the press release [pdf] announcing this
request:

“We want apples,
peaches pears, broccoli, beans, potatoes and other fruits and vegetables
grown by Illinois farmers to serve nearly 305,000 students in 481
schools every day,” said Bob Bloomer, regional vice president for
Chartwells-Thompson. “This is good for local farmers and great for
Chicago students.”


This expanded local procurement program is part of a commitment to meet the new nutritional standards adopted by the Chicago Board of Education and to exceed the the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge gold standard guidelines for school food.

We invite farmers and
producers to respond to the
request for
information

[pdf] at
FamilyFarmed.org by August 13, 2010.

Learn more:
Read the full
article in The Chicago Tribune

See the press
release

[pdf]


Download the
request for information
[pdf]