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IL Food Service Classes Learn Versatility and Ease of Cooking Pork

Tue, 23 Mar 2021 13:52:21 CDT
SPRINGFIELD, ILL. – The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is proud to announce 24 recipients of the IPPA Food Service Grant for the spring of 2021. The application opportunity was made available to all Illinois high school culinary, food services and consumer education classes.

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 students then cook with in their respective classes.

“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:

Altamont High School
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond High School
Bloomington Area Career Center
Casey-Westfield High School
Chester High School
East St Louis Sr High School
Edwards County High School
Effingham High School
Eldorado High School, Cust #4
Fulton High School
Hutonsville High School
Knoxville High School
LeRoy High School
Mendota Township High School
Mercer County High School
Northwestern High School
Palestine High School
Richmond Burton High School
Riverdale High School
Shiloh High School
St. Elmo High School
Warsaw High School
Waubonsie Valley High School
Westmont High School

IPPA understands that no two classrooms across the state have the same format, due to the pandemic. To still provide this influential funding and be best utilized, teachers have the flexibility to provide pork for in-classroom learning or take-home projects. Teachers are encouraged to be creative with their planning to implement multiple cuts of meat and varying flavor profiles.

This grant is made possible by the IPPA Marketing committee and Pork Checkoff funding. Go to to find various funding opportunities and resources through IPPA.


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