Illinois Districts

of Illinois school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.




Another 11% of districts surveyed plan to start farm to school activities in the future.

(Note: of the 1,355 school districts in Illinois, 61% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)



invested in local food in Illinois
with the average school district spending


of their budget on local products.
School districts in Illinois are currently buying the following types of local foods:
  • 51%

  • 51%

  • 40%

  • 13%

    meat or poultry


of Illinois districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
Illinois school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In Illinois local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 36%

  • 62%

  • 3%

  • 17%

  • 23%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
At least


school gardens are growing in Illinois
Tend and water those gardens; their benefits are well documented!
In Illinois,


of School Districts
Are Engaging Preschool Children
in Farm to School Activities.
In Illinois,


Of School Districts Are Using Local Foods in Summer Meals.
Learn more about these results. See the details
Based on a tally of the number of votes received, the school district above was selected as a stand out in Illinois.
What we heard during the nomination process:
CPS provides a comprehensive farm to school program connecting the dining center, classroom, and school garden. Farm to school visits bring local growers who's produce is featured in CPS dining centers to the classroom to engage with students. The Chicago Public Schools Farm to School Program is ran by the Office of Student Health and Wellness and, therefore, all farm to school activities promote healthy school environments.
Congratulations to all the school districts in Illinois conducting farm to school programs.

From buying local food to planting school gardens to teaching kids where their food comes from, Illinois is ‘bringing the farm to school.’ Peruse the list below for more information on the great work taking place in Illinois.

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