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Garden-Pantry partnership increases access to produce

During the 2021 growing season, Lisle Township Community Garden harvested and donated 1,100 pounds of fresh produce to The Lisle Township Food Pantry.

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Generosity Changes Everything

Food security and access are at the forefront of conversations and media attention as a global food crisis threatens the health of people around the world and right here at home.  

 

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The GardenWorks Project Joins Fresh Food Connect

The GardenWorks Project is launching Fresh Food Connect, a mobile app this spring to make it easier for home and community gardeners to donate a portion of their fresh grown produce to local food access organizations. 




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All right, I have a bit of a confession to make. Even though I have been involved with the GardenWorks Project for the past three years, as I feel strongly about fighting hunger, food security and food access, I am actually not a gardener.

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The GardenWorks Project

Four participating nonprofits receive grants from Robert R. McCormick Foundation, including The GardenWorks Project.

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Lewis has been gardening with The GardenWorks Project for three years at Bridge Communities as part of the organization's Home Gardening Program, which has built 525 home gardens and improved access to fresh produce for 2,094 individuals since 2012.


 

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The GardenWorks Project's newest garden at Downers Grove FISH Pantry improves access to fresh produce by supplementing what the volunteers rescue from local grocery stores and order from Northern Illinois Food Bank.


 

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How College of DuPage has addressed hunger among community college students during the pandemic

One of GardenWorks’ earliest community partners is the College of DuPage. As an educational institution in the heart of DuPage County, COD provides a broad range of programs including degree programs in Horticulture and Sustainable Urban Agriculture. In 2017, GardenWorks installed 5 raised bed gardens as part of its Community Garden Support program. GardenWorks Project also serves on the College’s Horticulture Advisory Committee and has partnered with the Horticulture, Culinary Arts, and the Homeland Security Education Center programs for the 2018 and 2019 Harvest Against Hunger fundraisers. 

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Reflecting on our work during a pandemic

2020 seemed like an impossible year to face at times. COVID-19 took loved ones, livelihoods, and the sense of stability away from countless individuals.

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#KeepItGrowing on social

If you’re a gardener, you can relate to the feeling of the season dwindling down. There’s grief at the end of a season all around us, as we put away our tools, and watch our plants return to the ground.

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Buy your Farm Share Box today!

Harvest against Hunger, our annual fall fundraiser, has been forced to shift like many events this year. Our staff and taskforce members have committed to keeping the theme true to previous years, prioritizing The GardenWorks Project’s mission to promote the local food system as a viable means towards sustainability and greater food security.

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