20% of children and 14% of adults in DeKalb County are food insecure. DCCG works to change that.
Grow Mobile is a new program launched with a “seed grant” from the American Public Health Association, AETNA Insurance, and the Association of Counties. The “Grow Mobile” will deliver fresh healthy foods into the food deserts of DeKalb County. This is a joint program with VAC, DeKalb County Health Department, the DeKalb County Community Action Office, NIU, and Kish Health. Eventually the program will be expanded to be a traveling health oasis delivering a range of health related services and information.
Box of Hope
The Box of Hope program provides wholesome, fresh, local sustainably-grown vegetables for individuals and families over the 20 week growing season. DCCG grows thousands of pounds of vegetables for DeKalb County families in need. DCCG also provides access to land, tools, and know-how for people to grow their own food. Those who subscribe to a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly box of vegetables provide revenue, which goes to support DCCG’s efforts to provide healthy vegetables to those in need, and to add funding for maintaining the Garden Paths of Hope Program.
We provide fresh locally grown vegetables to ten food pantries and three community meal sites.