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Join Wisconsin Chili Lunch!
Thursday, February 24, 2022

Register Here!

Free Chili Lunch stickers available when you register!

Celebrate Wisconsin-grown foods and farm to institution efforts by joining the 2022 Wisconsin Chili Lunch. Join K-12 schools, early care and education programs, hospitals, colleges, and more by cooking and serving a chili recipe made with local ingredients on National Chili Day—Thursday, February 24th, 2022!

Participation is simple: Prepare and serve your Wisconsin Chili Lunch using as many locally grown ingredients as possible, and customize it to meet your needs! Add local meats, cheese, or yogurt! Serve it in a bowl, on a baked potato, or with a cinnamon roll! Use a recipe listed below, or cook up your own favorite chili recipe. The key is to source as many Wisconsin-grown products as you can. Register today to get the Chili Lunch Guide, supply chain help, more recipes and get connected to other farm to institution efforts in the state.

With foodservice operations experiencing so many supply chain disruptions right now, local foods may provide an opportunity to source reliable, high-quality ingredients that also support our local communities. We’re here to help you connect with local farmers and vendors. 

In 2021 Wisconsin Chili Lunch participants served up 76,050 bowls of local chili at 660 different cafeteria sites across the state! We appreciate foodservice professionals working so hard to keep communities nourished with local foods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn More & Connect

Check out the Wisconsin Chili Lunch Facebook Page with photos from previous events

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Quick Resources To Get Started

When you register you’ll receive a copy of the Chili Lunch Guide with more recipes and tools and resources to source local foods

Chili Lunch 2021 Collage

Register today to get to the goal of
75,000 bowls of Wisconsin chili in 2022!

Contact Cathryn Herlihey ( with questions or for guidance

Wisconsin Chili Lunch is a project of the La Crosse County Health Department, Coulee Farm2School, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, and partners.

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.