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Community Gardens receives grant for Grow Mobile

June 3, 2017 GMT

DeKalb County Community Gardens received a grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation to help fund the first mobile fresh food pantry for the county.

The Grow Mobile and Traveling Health Oasis is a new program that DCCG is launching with collaboration from Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee Hospital and Northwestern Medicine, Voluntary Action Center, Live Healthy DeKalb County, the DeKalb County Health Department, DeKalb County, and the city of DeKalb.

The truck will be used to deliver fresh vegetables to food desert areas of the county. It also will be used to deliver fresh vegetables for outpatients of Northwestern Medicine through the Community Wellness Program in partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank.

The DCCF grant helps supplement a “seed’ grant DCCG received as part of the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge sponsored by the AETNA Foundation, American Public Health Association, and the American Association of Counties.

DCCG also has applied for other grants to help purchase the refrigerated truck for delivering fresh produce to families who struggle with food insecurity and live more than a mile from a full-service grocery or a food pantry.