Building our Capacity

The last couple months have been exciting for the Northwest Food Partners Network. After releasing our new strategic plan in February, our member agencies focused significant attention on capacity-building projects, which were identified as the #1 need for our programs. Here are some of our recent updates & upcoming events!

May 13th, 2016: “Eat for a Cause” fundraiser at Panda Express in Bucktown

May-June 2016: “Penny Wars” fundraiser at Polaris Charter Academy

June 4th, 2016: “Canned Food Challenge” outreach & fundraiser booth at the 606 Anniversary Party

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June 9th, 2016: Pantry Open House at European American Association, a chance for any local agencies to visit a member food pantry to swap ideas and information (1:15pm, 2827 W Division St, contact us to RSVP)

June 11th, 2016: Beer Tent Fundraiser at the “Remix Chicago” festival in Logan Square. 12-10pm, https://www.facebook.com/events/1723979724516451/

June 25th, 2016: Annual Hunger Walk at Jackson Park, for all agencies involved with the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Additionally, in the months of May and June, network leaders La Casa Norte & West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) have been leading a gardening & education project called Growing Gourmet. Local youth experiencing homelessness were trained to create portable container gardens full of plants like tomatoes, bell peppers and basil. During weekly workshops at Ujima Community Garden that educate community members on gardening techniques, nutrition facts and physical exercise, we have been giving away these gardens to residents living in a community with limited access to fresh food. Our last workshop will be this Thursday, June 9th from 11-1pm at Ujima Community Garden, 549 N Central Park Ave.

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