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The Bloc's Food Pantry

The Bloc is so much more than a nonprofit boxing gym. Run by Jamyle and Juli Cannon since 2016, they have been transforming the lives of Chicago‚Äôs youth by providing them with an enriching social and emotional support system, mentoring, and the resources to maximize their potential. Operating out of a new facility in West Humboldt Park, The Bloc offers Olympic-style boxing training, academic support, exploratory learning, and bi-weekly food pantries. Supporting 150 youth annually, they are set to reach 300 by the fall of 2022. At The Bloc they talk about their holistic approach, and besides pastoral care for the youth, The Bloc team runs a hugely successful pantry.

Everything about their pantry bag build is intentional. From the high-quality ingredients provided by Gordon Food Services to the locally sourced pantry staples, each bag contains well balanced, culturally thoughtful, fresh foods. 

On Thursdays before the pantry, Fighters join in their civic service by prepping stations, and building the shelf-stable pantry bags as well as household goods.  With the help of Fighters and Volunteer Members, they build 300 bags and distribute to 150 neighbors/families every first and third Friday of the month. The fresh bags are built with tomatoes, onions, carrots, potatoes, celery, lettuce, broccoli, bell peppers, garlic, apples, oranges, and lemons. Their dry bags are built with rice, dry pinto and black beans, vegetable canned goods, broth, pastas, oatmeal and breakfast granola bars. 

By partnering with Gordon Food Services we distribute over 2,200 pounds of high-quality produce directly into their communities. This is significant, because The Bloc is located in one of the highest ranked neighborhoods in Chicago experiencing poverty, with limited access to fresh markets. This disparity makes it particularly difficult for the elderly and disabled community members, who have now come to rely on the Bloc's accessible nutritional food. 

The typical Friday pantry day begins with a delivery from Gordon Food Services. Not an easy task for the dedicated drivers that drop-off as early as 8am. No matter how heavy the load; Gilbert, Manny, Richard, and Luis always deliver with a smile.  This summer, The Bloc hopes to invite the community to help grow their own foods and fight for self-determination. 

 

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Dion's Chicago Dream Expands Food Insecurity Fight

Organization's Monthly Tally of New Produce to Chicagoland Reaches 11,000 pounds

Dion's Chicago Dream is fighting to end food insecurity in Chicago. It's signature program, Dream Deliveries, brings a box with a week's worth of fresh, healthy produce directly to the doors of those in need. Currently, with an average household size of 5.2 residents, Dion's Chicago Dream aids more than 1300 residents per week with fresh, nutritional produce.

Recent fundraising success has allowed the organization to expand Dream Deliveries from serving 100 households per week to serving 250 households per week. The Dream Deliveries crew has added a second day of deliveries, and is now serving 47 families in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side. Like Dream Deliveries' original target of West Englewood, Austin has a largely African-American population that experiences high rates of food insecurity.

The additional deliveries are a significant step toward the organization's goal of eliminating food insecurity throughout Chicagoland. Dion's Chicago Dream believes that the delivery model could transform how food assistance looks sector-wide, and the increased scale of the program has helped to bring new attention, and hopefully even more funding, to the organization's work.

 

 

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Star Farm works with Farmers to Improve Food Access

Star Farm Chicago, a 2021 grantee of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, works to bring local, nutritious produce to food insecure communities. Through their Produce Wholesale Program, Star Farm Chicago aggregates produce from 10 urban farmers and more than 25 rural farmers. As the intermediary between farm and community, this program provides a means through which farmers are able to direct their produce through non-profit organizations working to improve healthy food access and directly feed our most vulnerable neighbors.

Most recently, the farm has partnered with Local Foods to share this produce, including micro-greens, with both MarketBox clients as well as a number of the Foundation's pantry partners.

Partnerships like these improve the health and wellness of Chicagoans and create equity in the food system from the farm up.

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