DeKalb County Community Gardens Has a New Program to End Hunger in DeKalb County

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The DeKalb County Community Gardens’ Grow Mobile is a mobile pantry that delivers food into low income and food desert areas of rural and urban DeKalb County. The Grow Mobile serves nearly 200 food insecure neighbors every week. A partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank enables the Grow Mobile to make its stops year round. During the growing season fresh produce from the gardens are combined with other healthy food options from the food bank. The program serves individuals of all ages all across the County.

DCCG’s Grow Mobile Program also works with many other partners including: DeKalb County Community Foundation, Northwestern Medicine, DeKalb County Health Department, Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb, Safe Passage, Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary, Horizons Unlimited Foundation, Ideal Industries, DeKalb District 428’s Barb Food Mart, AETNA Insurance, the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Counties, DeKalb Township, Waterman Lions Club, Kingston Friendship Center, Banner-Up Signs, Resource Bank, Northern Illinois University, Family Service Agency, Bountiful Blessings, and the City of DeKalb.

“The DCCG Grow Mobile Program is a community effort. Many organizations, individuals, businesses, and churches working together to make sure all of our neighbors have enough to eat.” Said Dan Kenney

One elderly woman recently said during a mobile pantry, “Thank you so much for thinking of us. When you have so little money it is hard to pay for everything and still have money for food. It really helps.”

If your organization, church, school, or business would like to sponsor a mobile pantry contact Dan Kenney at 815-793-0950 or by email dkenney@dekalbgardens.org

The DCCG Grow Mobile Pantry makes weekly stops at the following locations:

  • Gideon Court Apartments
  • Safe Passage
  • Taylor Street Apartments
  • DeKalb Senior Center
  • Colonial House
  • Dresser Apartments of Hope Haven Homeless Shelter
  • DeKalb County Health Department
  • Every other week they also stop at Civic apartments in Sycamore
  • In mid-May they will be setting up at University Village in DeKalb weekly. Serving the entire Annie Glidden North Neighborhood food desert.

In addition to the weekly pop-ups they have the following scheduled thus far.

  • Saturday April 14th Kingston Friendship Center
  • Monday April 16th Two Rivers Head Start
  • Saturday May 12th Kingston Friendship Center
  • Monday May 14th St. Paul’s Sandwich
  • Monday May 21st Kirkland
  • Saturday June 9th Kingston Friendship Center
  • Monday June 25th St. Paul’s Sandwich
  • Saturday July 14th Kingston
  • Tuesday July 17th Sycamore United Methodist Church
  • Monday July 30th St. Paul’s Sandwich
  • Saturday August 11th Kingston
  • Monday August 13th Waterman
  • Monday August 27th Kirkland
  • Saturday September 8th Kingston
  • Tuesday September 11th Sycamore United Methodist Church
  • Monday September 17th Waterman Lions Park
  • Tuesday September 25th Malta Elementary School
  • Saturday October 13th Kingston
  • Saturday November 10th Kingston
  • Saturday December 8th Kingston

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