Almost everybody needs to eat more fruits and vegetables, and their benefits have been well publicized. Our goal is to raise enough money to spend $75-$100 per week for a year on fresh produce for the women. We invite you to consider a monthly sponsorship or a one-time donation to this program. Whatever level of commitment you make. $5, $10, or $25 per month, will go a long way to sustaining this program, particularly if we can get a large number of sponsors. Invite your friends and family members to also consider becoming program sponsors. See Jen’s story below to learn how this project started and why she needs help. She’s willing to do the heavy lifting – shopping, carting and delivery. Can you lend a hand with the financing?
History of the Project
My name is Jen. I live on the north side of Chicago in a vintage 2 bedroom condo with my husband, my two year old daughter and my cat. We are very blessed. We don’t have an endless supply of money, but we do have enough to buy plenty of healthy organic fruits and vegetables.
In the Spring of 2010 I felt a pull to start giving back. When I met the director of Sarah’s Circle and learned about the women that they serve and the agency’s mission, I knew it was a good fit. As Kathy and I were talking about service opportunities for me, our conversation drifted to my passion for healthy foods and what proper nutrition does for body, mind and spirit. She mentioned a grant they had received a few years back for $1000 to work with a local organic farm to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. It was a great program, but unfortunately it was a one-time only grant.
When I went home that night, I couldn’t get the idea of working with local farms to bring the women fresh produce out of my mind. So, after talking it over with my husband, we decided to sponsor our own grant.
I formed relationships with local farms at the Wednesday morning Green City Market in Lincoln Park. These farms gave me discounts so I could afford more food for the women. Some days proved challenging (90 degrees, chasing after my 2 year old and trying to carry armloads of fresh produce to my car) but overall it has been a fabulous experience. The women are so appreciative each time I bring the food into the center.
I am now in year five of what was supposed to be a 10 week program, and the reality is that I cannot keep doing this on my own. I need your help. If you have a passion for healthy foods, or feel that all people deserve fresh produce, or are feeling a pull to give back, please consider donating to this program.
Donations to the Fruits & Veggies Project
Sarah’s Circle is a 501(c)(3) organization, making your contributions tax deductible.
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