May 01, 2020

The GardenWorks Project announces grants for Community Garden Program

everyone deserves fresh produce

The GardenWorks Project is proud to support local hunger relief efforts through our Community Gardening Program.




Jeannie Iseman, Executive Director

The GardenWorks Project
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West Chicago, Ill. (April 30, 2020) -- For the fourth year in a row, The GardenWorks Project has awarded its Community Gardening Support Program Grant to three organizations looking to begin or enhance a community gardening project to alleviate hunger and food insecurity within the region. 

“The current crisis of COVID-19 has left households without jobs, families without free and reduced lunch options, and deep uncertainty about where their next meal will come from,” says Jeannie Iseman, executive director of The GardenWorks Project. “Empowering the local community to improve the local food system is an effective solution in times of crisis, and we are proud to partner and engage with our community garden network.” 

The following organizations will receive support for their community food gardens:

  • Loaves and Fishes (Naperville);
  • Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry (Aurora);
  • Christ the Servant Catholic Church (Woodridge)

Each project will receive 4 handmade, 4’ x 8’ x 8” cedar raised-bed frames, soil and compost, 20 free seed packets, discounted seedlings from our Spring Seedling Sale, 20% off additional raised-bed garden frames available for sale at our Resource Center, and free attendance to all GardenWorks Project educational offerings.

All recipients of the grant commit to providing harvest proceeds to emergency food assistance programs. Since 2017, The GardenWorks Project has supported the establishment of 15 community food gardens within the Western Chicagoland region that purposefully address hunger through a community-focused effort. GardenWorks has also installed over 400 raised-bed and balcony gardens throughout the Western Suburbs of Chicago for families facing food insecurity through its Home Gardening Program. 




The GardenWorks Project is a Chicago-area hunger relief nonprofit established in 2012. GardenWorks seeks to promote organic suburban agriculture to improve the well-being of our community, the environment and those facing food insecurity. The agency empowers, educates and supports all food growers in their efforts to nourish their families and fight hunger across the suburbs of Chicago.

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