Nutrition Support Services 

Contact Information

Nutrition Support Services
Garden Level
42 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602
773-553-2830 | Main
773-553-2831 | Fax


The CPS Farm to School program integrates local food in the dining center, growing food in the school garden and nutrition education in the classroom. Academic connections across core content areas and increased access to healthy foods help children and families embrace healthy eating at school and in their community.

More than 400 Chicago Public Schools have a school garden and are eligible to complete the Eat What You Grow program which certifies schools to safely harvest and serve school garden produce. Additional school garden resources are available in the LearnWELL toolkit.

CPS Farm to School program includes:

Local Food in the Dining Center

CPS regularly serves produce and protein procured within 350 miles in all CPS dining centers. Local fresh and frozen produce and protein is available every week. CPS local food purchase information and data can be found at:                


Eat What You Grow

Eat What You Grow is a school garden food safety program that allows school garden produce to be served in the classroom and school dining center. The program provides students with real harvest experience while exposing them to agricultural engineering and teaching them important facts about food safety..

Farm to School Visits

Farmers and food producers visit Pre-K-12 classrooms to discuss local foods served in the dining center, school garden activities and food system education. Students sample local foods while producers share their story and role within the local food system for a farm to school approach to nutrition education.

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