23 Illinois High Schools Receive Grant to Use 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

West Prairie Jr/Sr 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 IPPA and Pork Checkoff funding. Go to ilpork.com to find various funding opportunities and resources.