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Ypsilanti, MI - The Growing Hope mission is to help people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access. They promote learning, nutrition, self-reliance, and positive community futures that are inclusive of people from diverse economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. Learn More
Whitehouse, OH – Bittersweet Farms is an Ohio based private non-profit that offers an array of premier services to adults and adolescents with autism delivered in the context of an agricultural community. Learn More
• Opened with full occupancy the “Palmer House” (a home for women with autism).
• Advocated at the state and federal level to ensure a functional budget and to protect the rights of individuals to choose where they live and work.
• Began a collaboration with the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism (GLCA) to develop a program to assist adolescents in successfully transitioning to gainful employment and supporting them to maintain employment.
Cambridge, MA – Food For Free rescues fresh food that might otherwise go to waste and distributes it to the the local emergency food system to reach those in need. Learn More
• Food For Free distributes rescued food to 80+ food programs in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Medford, Peabody, and Somerville MA.
• In 2013, Food For Free distributed 1,030,000 pounds of food, about 70% of which was fresh produce.
• The food they collected helped to feed 25,000 people.
San Francisco, California - Founded in 1982, EarthShare California is an alliance of 80 environmental nonprofits. Their mission is to protect, support and improve California's natural heritage of clean air, safe water, diverse wildlife, and healthy communities and families by raising funds for leading environmental organizations. Learn More
• Baykeeper’s Sick of Sewage campaign has already reduced sewage spills by 50 to 75% in some of the regions worst-polluting systems.
• In 2013 6,107 youth and adult volunteers helped to restore creeks and marshes, plant 38,000 native seedlings, remove invasive plants, and pick up litter around the Bay through Save The Bay’s Community-based Restoration Program.
Boston, MA - Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. is a multicultural 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities to neighborhoods and communities to build an environmentally friendly world. Learn More
• The Foundation collaborates with the Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc. to create a network of small businesses and provide support through connections and workshops with local professionals and financial institutions.
• They host the Boston Green Fest, an annual celebration at Boston City Hall Plaza of artists, vendors, businesses and nonprofits focused on alternative transportation and energy.
San Francisco, CA - As a leader in the food movement for over 15 years, Center for Food Safety has used groundbreaking legal, policy, corporate, public education, and grassroots campaigns to protect our food, our farms, and our environment. Learn More
• As of 2013, CFS has helped introduce 54 Genetically Engineered labeling bills across 26 states and already in 2014, 35 bills have been introduced in 20 states.
• CFS forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to withdraw 98 of the 101 drug approvals for arsenic-based animal drugs, a major success for public health and animal welfare.
• CFS prevented the planting and approval of GE alfalfa from 2007 to 2011, which included battling Monsanto in the U.S. supreme Court.
Berkeley, CA – SAGE produces foodshed assessments, participates in regional agricultural planning and investment initiatives, creates urban-edge Agricultural Parks including the model Sunol AgPark, and provides sustainable agriculture education and outreach. Learn More
• For the past six years, the Sunol Water Temple AgPark has fostered sustainable farming and public education while protecting natural resources in the Alameda County Watershed.
• Their Environmental Education and Service Learning Program served a total of 2,208 East Bay students over the last year.
• Their In-School Education Program served 62 classes from 26 schools, with a total of 1,654 students served.
Ann Arbor, MI - Since 1988, Food Gatherers has been serving their local community in the fight against hunger, providing direct food assistance in the form of hot meals, nutritious snacks, and emergency groceries to low-income adults, seniors, and children. Learn More
• Last year Food Gatherers distributed over 5.75 million pounds of food.
• The Food Gatherers Community Kitchen alone served over 111,000 plates of food last year, but it also distributes food to more than 150 partner agencies and programs in Washtenaw county, providing the equivalent of more than 13,000 meals per day.
Toledo, OH – Toledo GROWs is the community gardening outreach program of Toledo Botanical Garden, dedicated to the continued growth and success of community-based gardens throughout Northwest Ohio. Learn More
• Toledo GROWs serves over 165 community gardens.
• In 2012, the Robert J. Anderson Agriculture Training Center and greenhouses were completed in downtown Toledo. This center is used as an educational forum for Owens Community College students who are studying urban agriculture, and to educate under-privileged youth on growing sustainable nourishment.
Ann Arbor, MI - The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) inspires, educates, and mobilizes people to unite across differences and pursue peace and social and environmental justice from their shared ethical and spiritual values. Learn More
• The 2012 Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) walk raised $51,804, one quarter of which went directly to local hunger initiatives, and the rest went to global anti-hunger efforts.
• In 2011 the Faith and Food served local families in need with over 5 tons of donated produce from congregational gardens.
Detroit, MI - Celebrating its 25th year, The Greening of Detroit plants trees throughout the city, grows fresh fruits and vegetables on its urban farms, treats vacant lots with green infrastructure, and puts Detroiters back to work in green jobs in effort to build a greener, stronger, healthier Detroit. Learn More
• With the help of approximately 4,722 community and corporate volunteers, Greening of Detroit planted 3,189 trees across 53 sites during the 2013 planting season.
• More than 1,300 pounds of produce from Detroit Market Garden, Greening’s 2.5 acre farm garden, was distributed to members of a Work-Environment Supported Agriculture (WESA) program
• The Greening of Detroit planted 425 trees in sections of Rouge Park to improve the health and quality of the last riparian forest; an additional 1,300 trees will be planted in 2014.
SE Michigan - Gleaners Community Food Bank, with broad community support, fights hunger in Southeastern Michigan. In collaboration with their member agencies, the Feeding America network, and their program partners, they provide millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to people in need. Learn More
• 34,667,897 total meals distributed.
• 13, 462,956 pounds of fresh produce provided to hungry families.
• Nearly 252,000 children were reached through Gleaner’s food and education programs.
• More than 4,000 families graduated from Gleaners’ Cooking Matters classes.
• Over 550 partner agencies engaged across their five county service area, helping them distribute over 95,000 meals each day.