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Growing Neighborhood Access to Healthy Food

Hope is a place-based community development organization that works in one of the most economically challenged and diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Land Stewardship Project, Hope’s partner in this work, is a grassroots organization of more than 2,600 member households in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Members, including farmers and rural/urban residents, work together to preserve soil, water, and wildlife; support beginning farmers and diversified, profitable family-sized farms; organize communities for positive change around food and systems to provide food; hold corporations and governments accountable; and ensure a healthy food supply for all people. The Growing Neighborhood Access to Healthy Food community garden project actively engages community residents, especially low-income people, people of color, and immigrants, in multiple opportunities to grow, prepare, and share delicious, affordable, healthy food. This project builds community relationships, knowledge, leadership, and capacity for action around systems to ensure sustainable, equitable access to healthy food in Phillips. The project will build the capacity of residents as leaders, working together to increase awareness of and opportunities for neighborhood-level access to healthy food. The work during the project year will build a base of engaged people and a core of leaders. This base is a beginning of a strong platform to grow, over time, a critical mass of effective local leadership with the capacity, vision, knowledge, will, and power to create real change in Phillips.

Project Award Date: 
2011-04-01
Community organization or agency: 
Hope Community
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
Neeraj Mehta Director of Community Programs (612) 624-8988