Community Gardens Fight Hunger with The GardenWorks Project
West Chicago, IL, April 23, 2019: The GardenWorks Project has awarded three area organizations with resources to start community gardens to grow food for food insecure individuals and families. Horizon Elementary School (District U-46, Hanover Park), Whittier Elementary School (District 58, Downers Grove), and Compass Church (Bolingbrook) received an in-kind grant of supplies to establish a community garden for the purposes of improving food security within the region.
“Now in its third year, our Community Garden Support Program is increasing the number of community gardens in western Chicagoland so more residents have access to locally grown, healthy food,” said Jeannie Iseman, The GardenWorks Project’s Executive Director. “We believe everyone deserves fresh produce, and we are committed to equipping others to increase the availability of healthy food for those facing food insecurity.”
Over the last two years, ten organizations have been supported by The GardenWorks Project’s Community Gardening Support Program. A few of these organizations include the College of DuPage, DuPage Habitat for Humanity, Elmhurst College, Western DuPage Speial Recreation Association, and Marian Park/Mercy Housing. All organizations have established volunteer-based programs that include nutrition and food security education for the purposes of helping neighbors in need.
The GardenWorks Project also builds home vegetable gardens for food insecure families, and supports all DuPage residents in their efforts to grow food for themselves and area families in need. Since 2012, the organization has built 314 gardens, and will support 100 new families in getting a home vegetable garden this spring.
For more information about The GardenWorks Project and to volunteer, visit gardenworksproject.org.