Drumstick, anyone? CPS getting antibiotic-free chicken!

Chicago Public Schools will be purchasing Amish chicken for school lunches! In an article in today’s Chicago Tribune, Monica Eng reports that Chartwells-Thompson has purchased and will be offering antibiotic-free chicken drumsticks in school lunches. We’re talking 1.2 million pounds of antibiotic-free chicken entering school cafeterias. Holy cow, am I thrilled! Check out this quote from Bob Bloomer (he answered a Q and A on the blog earlier this year):

“Two years ago I would have said that there is no way I’m ever bringing in raw chicken into our schools,” said Bob Bloomer, of Chartwells-Thompson, which caters the 473 CPS schools that will be serving the chicken. (A second company, Preferred Meal Systems, caters about a third of CPS schools but is not part of the program.)

“But we trained all the (CPS) cooks and managers before school started this past August to bring them up to speed on how to safely handle chicken from the time it comes into the back door to the time it’s served to students on the plate,” Bloomer said. “And we actually created a training DVD for ongoing education.”

Long time readers remember that I met Bob and even introduced myself to him after a screening of Lunch Line earlier this year. I had quietly attended that event, intending just to watch, but I was so struck by Bob in person that on a whim I went up to him and introduced myself as ‘Mrs. Q.’ I just liked the guy — and luckily he didn’t snap a picture of me on his phone and tweet it! Today’s announcement confirms what I thought back in the spring: Bob is committed to improving school meals. I’m so encouraged by today’s news.

Read the full article: Amish-raised chicken on CPS lunch menu (Chicago Tribune)

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4 Responses to Drumstick, anyone? CPS getting antibiotic-free chicken!

  1. nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma November 1, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    Times they are a-changing…

    🙂

    What’s next, pastured beef?

  2. Megan November 3, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Wonderful news! I wonder how many other school systems are following this model?

    I blog for the University of Virginia Health System, and I thought you might be interested in this blog post we did about the USDA’s new eating guide, MyPlate. We did a survey on our Facebook page and respondents overwhelmingly favored it over the old food pyramid. The biggest take-away, I think, is that your plate should be half fruits and vegetables: http://uvahealth.com/blog/index.php/2011/11/03/from-food-pyramid-to-plate-reshaping-the-way-we-look-at-our-food-part-1/

    We’ll be doing a second part tomorrow looking at how we use local food here in the UVA Health System cafeteria.

  3. Tawnya November 3, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    “But we trained all the (CPS) cooks and managers before school started this past August to bring them up to speed on how to safely handle chicken from the time it comes into the back door to the time it’s served to students on the plate” – makes a chicken leg sound like an incendiary device!

    • Tyler Welker November 9, 2011 at 7:25 am #

      I think they should stop makin these for schools. I say this because think about how much grease and stuff is all in it. Also The skin is a fat and dosent really help kids when they wanna lose wight

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