A Seasonal Celebration of Local Fruits & Veggies
The Illinois Harvest of the Month Program helps schools and early care centers buy and serve more local food while teaching students about healthy eating, nutrition, and agriculture. Each month, participating sites feature a different local item on their cafeteria menus. This brings more money to local farmers and puts more nutritious food on student’s plates.
Helpful Tools to Grow Farm to School
When schools or early care programs register for Illinois Harvest of the Month, they receive a suite of recipes, classroom activities, and cafeteria marketing materials. Sites can also use Extension Kits that bring Harvest of the Month to grocery stores and home kitchens. It’s a free and fun way to take your farm to school program to the next level!
Local Sourcing Made Easy
The Illinois Farm to School Network works with broadline and produce distributors to help them find a local supply of featured Harvest of the Month items. Registered food service directors also receive one-on-one technical assistance from the Illinois Farm to School Network if they would like to substitute the featured item for another local product or build direct relationships with local producers.