Illinois Farm to School program provides youth, K-12, with access to nutritious meals, while supporting local farmers and communities. This program provides children with fresh, local food, and helps them understand where their food comes from and how food choices affect their health, environment and community. The Illinois Farm to School program is part of the National Farm to School network and involves many local, state and regional partners, advisors and projects. U of I Extension and their partners can provide guidance and help make connections that result in healthy young people, healthy economies and healthy communities.
On February 14, 2011, the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) announced the selection of 50 state leaders, who will serve as local contacts across the country. On January 9, 2012, University of Illinois Extension hired the Illinois State Lead as the University of Illinois Extension Farm to School Program Coordinator. With great enthusiasm, help and support from Extension, Illinois Farm to School (ILF2S) programs across the state can look forward to help from their local Extension educators and offices. This collaboration will serve to facilitate the growth of successful F2S programs throughout Illinois.