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Finding Solutions for Food Insecurity


April 21, 2022

GC of Evanston Partners with Evanston Grows

The Garden Club of Evanston (GCE) in Evanston, Illinois, is responding locally to an urgent need that has risen in many communities throughout the country - easily accessible, healthy, and fresh food. In 2021, the club supported an initiative that brings fresh food to Evanston families. Evanston Grows is an emerging collective that grows produce to address food insecurity and health equity in neighborhoods throughout the city. Currently, Evanston Grows oversees five gardens that give away fresh produce, create a sense of community, and educate adults and children on how to grow food. The flagship garden at Fleetwood-Jourdain Center distributes an average of forty pounds of produce each week. Through financial support from GCE and the community, Evanston Grows was able to increase production by twenty-five percent in 2022.  

At another site, GCE members, in partnership with the city of Evanston and the Levy Senior Center Foundation, built raised garden beds at the senior center. The raised garden beds provide produce and foster a sense of community among people of different generations as they enjoy gardening together.  GCE members were thrilled to partner with Evanston Grows and Levy Senior Centers gardens in service to their community.


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