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    Giving Matters: Mill Village Farms grows healthy food, opportunities and hope

    How do you bring fresh produce to a food desert, employment opportunities to young people and hope to a community? In 2012, Mill Village Farms began by harnessing local resources to turn vacant properties into urban gardens. Mill Village Farms and its sister organizations, Village Launch, Village Engage and Village Wrench, offer targeted interventions to combat systemic injustice, said Dan Weidenbenner, executive director of Mill Community Ministries, the nonprofits’ umbrella organization. “Greenville is one of the hardest places to achieve upward mobility,” Weidenbenner said. “A large part of what drives us is ensuring that everyone in our community has   Read More

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    ChiFresh Kitchen provides employment opportunities, healthy food to South, West Side Chicago community members

    CHICAGO — A food service company from the West Side of Chicago is helping feed communities in need while giving previously incarcerated black women and men the work opportunities! ChiFresh Kitchen is breaking down barriers that cause food disparities by cooking and delivering fresh, healthy foods to organizations in and around the South and West Side of Chicago. Most members of the ChiFresh Kitchen team have been previously incarcerated black women. Co-founder of the food service company, Camille Kerr, said the goal was to tackle both the issues of employment and food disparity in communities that lack those resources, especially   Read More

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