Chicago Schools Make Big Antibiotic-free Poultry Purchase

Chicago Public Schools made a big food policy statement this week. On Tuesday, the district began serving local chicken raised without antibiotics to students in 473 schools, launching a new program that will serve about 1.2 million pounds of antibiotic-free poultry from a nearby Amish farm.  “No other district in the nation is serving this kind of poultry regularly at such a scale,” according to the announcement by Pew and School Food FOCUS.

Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality, the food service provider for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), decided to make the purchase with “research and consulting support” from the School Food FOCUS Learning Lab and the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming. Fast-growing retailer Whole Foods helped facilitate talks with the producer, Miller Amish Country Poultry of Orland, Indiana. Click here for full story.