DCCG to Give Away 5,000 Pounds of Food on GivingTuesday

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DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) works to end hunger in DeKalb County 365 days of the year. Tuesday, December 3rd, will be no exception to our mission as DCCG will be giving away 5,000 pounds of food in our community.

With these additional food distributions to our friends and neighbors, DCCG aims to bring attention to food insecurity in our County. Along with the planned food give-aways, DCCG hopes to raise $5,000 in GivingTuesday donations.

“Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement and DCCG wants to be part of it by donating 5,000 pounds of food and setting a goal of $5,000 to raise in donations,” said Heather Edwards, DCCG Associate Director.

On GivingTuesday, December 3rd, look for DCCG’s Grow Mobile (mobile food pantry) and directors, Dan Kenney and Heather Edwards, who will be distributing fresh and non-perishable food at the following locations:

  • Kirkland*
  • Kingston Friendship Center, 120 Main Street
  • DeKalb*Colonial House Apartments, 1600 N. 14th Street
  • DeKalb County Health Department, 2550 N.Annie Glidden Road
  • DeKalb*Taylor Street Apartments, 829 W Taylor Street
  • DeKalb Senior Center, 330 Grove Street
  • DeKalb* Safe Passage
  • Malta TBD
  • Sandwich Fox Valley Older Adults Center, 1406 Suydam Road
  • Sandwich St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 324 W. McKinley Street
  • Hinckley TBD

* Indicates food distribution locations open only to residents.

Ellingsworth Webb, DCCG Board of Directors & Treasurer, stated “Participating in GiveTuesday allows the community to address the needs of so many who need access to food.”

To wrap up the food give-aways and GivingTuesday fundraising efforts, on Tuesday from 7–8pm DCCG will be hosting a mini phone-a-thon. Beginning at 7:30pm DCCG will be going live on Facebook so be sure to watch at @dccgardens!

On GivingTuesday, the community can follow DCCG’s day-long food give-away efforts via social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To donate to anytime on Tuesday, December 3rd, simply text GIVEDCCG to 44-321.

For more information about this upcoming event, contact Heather Edwards, DCCG Associate Director (815.739.0044 or hedwards@dekalbgardens.org).

DeKalb County Community Gardens is a local non-profit organization that takes an innovative approach to end hunger and food insecurity in DeKalb County by providing access to fresh, local, sustainably-grown organic vegetables for all who may be in need. To date, DCCG manages over 15 acres of growing space that has produced over 175,000 pounds of food for local food pantries, day care centers, schools, community meal locations, senior centers/housing units, as well as Meals on Wheels. Since hitting the road 2 years ago, the Grow Mobile has distributed 208,000 pounds of healthy food to food insecure communities in our county. The Walnut Grove Vocational Farm & Prairie, located in Kirkland, offers horticulture- and agriculture-related opportunities to allow those with developmental disabilities a healthy, fun, integrated, and meaningful way for them to participate and contribute to the wider community. www.dekalbgardens.org

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