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217 Today: Serving farm fresh food in schools is getting big federal support — but will ‘farm to school’ stick?

Hanmei Hoffman and her husband Derrick Hoffman farm in Greeley, Colorado, where most of their produce is sold to schools. Here she's moving boxes of cucumbers from a refrigerated container and loading them onto a waiting truck to deliver them to schools along Colorado’s Front Range.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • Illinois state representative Maura Hirschauer is enlisting gun control advocates to help revive a bill targeting domestic violence.
  • A bell from the unfinished World War Two battleship, USS Illinois, was used in Champaign, to remember those lost in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • Five workers are still hospitalized after an explosion at an Archer Daniels Midland plant in Decatur on Sunday night.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about how the Farm-to-School movement is out to revolutionize school lunch.

Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Jim Meadows and Rae Solomon.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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