GGE encourages positive change for community residents.
Whole Foods Community Benefits Campaign
The early work of the Grow Greater Englewood coalition resulted in Whole Foods giving over $20,000 supporting over 40 Englewood based community organizations, schools, faith-based institutions and park districts. $50,000 in small business support. This includes school community gardens, health and wellness initiatives, and cultural events. In the summer of 2016 Whole Foods partnered with Resident Association of Greater Englewood and ran a community vote process for $50,000 in food access initiatives for Englewood organizations. The core partners of GGE –RAGE, Englewood CDC and Team Work Englewood stepped up to help fulfill the vision of the group in gaining benefits for Englewood residents and stakeholders
Healthy Corner Store Initiative
GGE lead HFFI Corner Store Outreach & Community Food Surveys. Survey Stores (within a one-mile radius of 63rd Halsted) on current ability and willingness to incorporate healthy affordable food options. The store owner, employees and resident engagement around healthy eating, education and store selections. (2015-16)
Englewood Community Farms /Urban Pathways
Over the past year and currently in process is completion of task in the Urban Pathways grant, our focus has been supporting and leading with the Land Research, Remediation, Development and Preservation work and leading on the Farm Enterprise Development work.
We have Convened urban farmers to participate in the creation of Englewood Community Farms Pilot:
- Growing Power
- Your Bountiful Harvest
- Black Oaks Center
- Peace Diet
The 59th Street Line is a former 1.7 mile elevated rail line that will be converted into a multi-use trail to provide recreation, transportation and a source of jobs to the residents of Englewood and surrounding communities. It will link several vital projects in Chicago's Urban Agricultural District and fulfill the community's aspirations for a safe, inviting, and peaceful space for all to enjoy. The 59th Street Line is the first phase of a larger loop that will connect to the 49th Street Line in the Back of the Yards neighborhood to the north. The trail has been recommended in a number of City plans and community-driven planning processes, including the New Era Trail completed in 2009 and the Green Healthy Neighborhoods Plan in 2014.
Currently in process, Illinois Facilities Fund(IFF), Heartland Alliance and Growing Power. It would be a live-work space, with a community kitchen and aquaponics, would be potentially a base of operations for Grow Greater Englewood, our role, while still unclear, would be to help manage and program the community spaces, connected to the Englewood Community Farms and the Englewood Line
Chicago Food Policy Action Council
CFPAC’s lead partner organizations- Growing Power Chicago, Grow Greater Englewood, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, and the Food Chain Workers Alliance, are currently engaged in collaboration and community building.
BackYard Gardens Stories
Grow Greater Englewood is partnering with Chicago Park District- TRACE program and StoryCorps, to do a community engagement project, that helps further connect residents to build on healthy lifestyles that exist in the Englewood neighborhood. The series is called Backyard Garden Stories, using art (photography and audio storytelling)