The coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 is affecting communities throughout the entire world both directly by causing illness and death and indirectly by exacerbating difficult socioeconomic circumstances for many. As one of the national hotspots in the United States, the city and suburbs of Chicago are facing a high case count with a disproportionate number of fatal cases impacting black and brown communities who were already experiencing ongoing crises from health disparities, poverty, and racism before this new crisis began. COVID-19 is simply making hard situations worse and creating new struggles as well.
With so many of our residents stuck at home and local food insecurity on the rise, we, a group of food growers based in Chicagoland, have chosen to do hopeful work in a serious time. We have created a food garden relief effort, the Grow Your Groceries Campaign, which aims to equip our neighbors in hard hit zip codes with the tools and materials they need to start growing healthy food at home right now.
Distribute Grow Kits and Install Home Gardens to Chicago communities facing food insecurity.
Provide online and offline learning resources for new and experienced gardeners.
Build community among home gardeners to generate long-lasting social relationships.
Offer at-home and classroom gardening activities to engage in hands-on learning.
Help us provide Grow Kits, Home Gardens, & Support to Chicago growers.
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