Fairbury Public Schools is hosting another Farm to School informational meeting on Sept. 20 at the Fairbury Elks Lodge in conjunction with hamburger night. They are inviting area producers to learn more about how they can work together with the schools to provide quality, locally-grown food to Fairbury’s students.
Stephen Grizzle, Superintendent of Fairbury Public Schools, is excited about the opportunity to improve the offerings at Fairbury Public Schools, while promoting fresh food contributed by producers in the region. He notes that currently, the school’s options for serving fresh food are limited.
“We’re hoping to garner support from local producers who would be willing to donate livestock or produce to our food program,” said Grizzle. “At the meeting, we’ll be talking about the ways they can help, as well as the benefits of donating. We want people to be excited about this! Right now, we don’t offer 100 percent beef often. Typically, it’s not the best quality beef, so we’re really wanting to improve the quality. We want to be able to promote to the students that their food is coming from right here in Fairbury.”
Everyone is invited to attend the Sept. 20 meeting, which starts at 6 p.m., to learn more about how they can support the farm to school program, even if they are not producers.
“The processing cost is pretty expensive, so we’re hoping some local businesses will be willing to donate to help us cover those costs,” Grizzle said. “Right now, if we received 18 beefs donated, the cost of producing that would be a few thousand dollars more than what we’re currently spending on beef, so we’re looking for donations to help offset that cost. We think this is a really great opportunity for our students. Who doesn’t want 100 percent locally-grown beef and pork on the menu? It is a great thing for everybody.”