Veronica's Soup Kitchen Receives Food from Our Garden
The McKinley Park Community Garden in Chicago is very grateful to Kitchen Gardeners International for the grant we received to expand our Giving Gardens. Thanks to the seeds, check, and gift certificate, our efforts to provide healthy food for our neighbors in need are already making an impact.
This year our garden is teaming up with Fellowship Community Table to provide fresh produce for their soup kitchen. Our missions align well, as FCT strives to provide healthy food made from scratch for the people they serve each week. Due to concerns with obesity and poverty, both of our organizations want to demonstrate that healthy food is a better choice.
Our Giving Garden Coordinator, Joy (left), delivers the harvest from our gardens each week to Veronica (middle), the founder of Fellowship Community Table. Veronica previously worked in a shelter ministry for women released from prison, but when her church recognized the need for a soup kitchen in the neighborhood, she realized her culinary arts degree and sanitation certificate made her the perfect candidate to start it.
Veronica and FCT began providing food for 40 people living in poverty seven years ago, but today that number has increased to 200. The McKinley Park Community Garden is honored to help FCT provide nutritious meals to those in need by contributing local, organic, healthy, and fresh produce from our garden.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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