Let Chicago Students Eat What They Grow
  • Petitioned Ron Huberman

This petition was delivered to:

Ron Huberman
President/Chicago Board of Education
Mary B. Richardson
Communications Officer/CPS
Monique Bond
Regional Vice President/Chartwells-Thompson
Bob Bloomer

Let Chicago Students Eat What They Grow

    1. Sarah Parsons
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Parsons

      Silver Spring, MD

Chicago boasts some of the best school gardens and greenhouses in the nation. With 40 agricultural operations, schools have a bounty of locally grown squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and other fruits and veggies at their disposal. But here's the big caveat: School cafeterias aren't allowed to serve the produce that students grow.

Under regulations imposed by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district and its meals provider, Chartwells-Thompson, cafeterias can't serve student-grown produce unless the fruits and veggies were grown without chemicals. However, the same rules don't apply to commercial vendors that currently provide ingredients for school lunches--they can grow produce any way they want.

Produce grown on school property likely contains far fewer chemicals than fruits and veggies produced by industrial mega-farms. Plus, incorporating local, student-grown crops into school meals will make lunches more nutritious and help kids learn healthy eating habits.

Chicago's produce rules were designed to benefit CPS and Chartwells-Thompson, not Chicago students. Take action now, and tell CPS and Chartwells-Thompson to serve student-grown produce in school cafeterias.

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    1. Chicago Kids Reap What They Sow, but Can't Eat It

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Chicago boasts some of the best school gardens and greenhouses in the nation. The city's public school system holds more than 40 agricultural operations, with kids growing everything from tomatoes to pumpkins to fresh herbs. The Chicago High School...


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