What is Harvest of the month? & why should i sign up?
Illinois Harvest of the Month is all about celebrating local food – grown right here in Illinois or in a neighboring state – while encouraging healthy eating and a love of veggies! School districts or individual schools, afterschool or summer programs, early childcare, residential programs (including JJCs) are all welcome to participate – any program where you’re feeding children.
Registering for Harvest of the Month is free, and all that is requested of participants is the completion of two short surveys per year so we know how well our sites are procuring and where the program needs improvement. When you register you gain full access to resources related to Illinois-specific harvest items. This includes: recipes (with food service proportions already calculated, recipes for CACFP requirements, and small portioned recipes for sharing with families), fun facts and nutrition facts, curriculum resources and materials, extension kits to help you connect to local grocery stores and your community, tips on how to integrate harvest celebrations into cafeterias and classrooms, and one-one-one technical assistance available at any time!
Here’s a sneak peek of just a few of the resources offered. When you’re ready you can register by filling out our registration form (when open) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org:
CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS AND ACTIVITIES for spinach
- Spinach Lane from the USDA. Click here to view the PDF of the lesson plans and activities.