Pork in Culinary Classrooms

The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is proud to announce 23 recipients of the IPPA Food Service Grant for the fall of 2021. The application opportunity was made available to all Illinois high school culinary, food services and consumer education classes. With additional funding provided by IPPA, we can reward all the schools who applied this round.

The grant was created to educate students about pork production, which refers to the raising of pigs, and the quality protein that pig farmers raise. The grant provides necessary funding to purchase pork that teachers can implement in their respective classes.

This spring IPPA awarded nearly $5,000 to 24 schools, reaching 1962 students. This fall grant gives another $5,000 worth of funds that will help
classrooms expose over 1774 students to the simplicity of cooking with pork. In one calendar year, this program will successfully educate over 3,700 students in the state of Illinois.

“Teaching students about pork production helps us make the connection between raising animals and the food we eat,” shares Alan Kollmann, IPPA President. “Showing students how to properly cook pork shows them versatility in meals and makes them life-long customers after tasting the delicious flavor.”

The selected high schools are as follows:

Bement High School
Bond County Community High School
Bushnell-Prairie City High School
Carbondale Community High School
Chaddock School
Clinton High School
Collinsville High School
Gallatin County High School
Geneva High School
Grand Prairie High School
Harlem High School

Heritage High School
Lewistown High School
Liberty High School
Marion High School
Marshall High School
Normal West High School
Princeton High School
Rock Falls Township High School
Rooks Creek High School
Springfield High School
Warren High School

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