Our mission is to provide a comprehensive response to hunger and to meet human needs in communities located on the South side of Chicago through a coordinated network providing food distribution, advocacy, and volunteers.
Since 2003, the Greater Roseland West Pullman Food Network has provided a comprehensive and coordinated response to combating food insecurity in communities that make up Chicago’s South Side. Last year with our pantry distribution partners, we served over 96,000 Chicago area families, directly affecting over 350,000 individuals, and delivering over 3 million pounds of food. However, fighting food insecurity and malnutrition in underserved communities requires innovation and collaboration to address issues of health, education, and economic opportunity, which are some of the root causes of food insecurity. This is why GRWP Food Network collaborates with community partners in Roseland to develop and implement a comprehensive response to combat hunger not just for today, but also for tomorrow, and for future generations.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel with Executive from Chase congratulate GRWP Farmers Market Summer Interns for their first place win on creating a socially responsible business plan that supports urban agriculture.
Food DistributionIn 2014, GRWP established the South Halsted Farmers Market to expand access to fruits and vegetables in food deserts. From July 12 to September 27, 2014, customers had access to a variety of farm fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices that were eligible for SNAP/LINK transactions. Our growers included SEEDS, Growing Power, Chicago Lights, Ellis Family Farms, Datson’s Farm, and Schmidt Farms.Also, in 2014 GRWP collaborated with Sheldon Heights Church’s Safe Haven program mentoring teens to create business plans focused in the “Green” economy sector for the Chase One Chicago Summer Empowerment Program. Sheldon Heights Teens’ business model won first place at the Empowerment Program Awards ceremony hosted at Navy Pier for their “raised garden bed” project.Economic opportunity
During our farmers market, we initiated our pilot Farmers Market Manager Apprenticeship program. Sixteen students between the ages of 18 and 25 participated in an eight-week and a twelve-week on the job-training program. Apprentice training focused on customer service skills, team building, and leadership principles, while increasing their knowledge and familiarity with fresh foods and their health benefits.