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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

Summer Lunch Program Participants Discover Locally Grown Produce

HILLSBORO, Ill. - This summer, University of Illinois Extension Unit 18, in cooperation with the Eat Local Initiative, hosted a two-month program at the Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro. The camp was free to the participants of the hospital’s Summer Lunch Program. The kids used the "Got Veggies Curriculum" every Friday from June until the last week in July. The hour sessions involved taste testing seasonally & local foods, learning about what foods grow in Illinois and growing their own food in small bag gardens at the hospital. They also had the opportunity to tour the Anderson Pumpkin Farm in Hillsboro, IL and Kern Family Orchard in Raymond, IL. During the last session, the kids were able to take home their garden bags to keep as their own garden, received cooking aprons, and made salsa using seasonally grown vegetables.


The Eat Local Initiative was developed to make the public more aware of local food providers available in central Illinois and how to create nutritious meals using local produce. The Eat Local Initiative also connects producers to local markets. Residents of Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery County continue to support each other in making positive, healthy lifestyle choices. The program was available thanks to the generous donation from the Lumpkin Family Foundation Eat Local Grant.


University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. For more information visit the Unit 18 website at or contact your local Extension office.


University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo.  Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.





Photo Caption: Pictured are the Eat Local Initiative participants of the Hillsboro Area Hospital Summer Lunch Program