Read about how individuals can make a difference by organizing small food pantries in their neighborhoods. Story from Star Tribune. Click the image to read the story.
Columbia Public Schools creates a new position to bring the farm to the Schools
We have been busy with planting, weeding and harvesting at the Urban Farm. With the help of some dedicated volunteers, we have already donated over 1500 pounds of lettuce! Staff and volunteers have also been busy harvesting broccoli, collard greens, kohlrabi, bok choy, peas and more! This week we planted peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and okra. We're looking forward to donating more fresh produce this summer!
We were excited for our first 30 pounds of broccoli sent to the Food Bank's Central Pantry! This crop's a labor of love, and the payoff is a super nutrient-dense, fresh as it gets veggie! Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables around! It has a high content of soluble fiber, is high in vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Take a look at some photos from the Urban Farm, as we labor through this heat to make these harvests happen!
Learn more about how to support Planting for the Pantry: https://columbiaurbanag.org/planting4thepantry
In 2016, then-president Barack Obama joined Anthony Bourdain on his CNN show Parts Unkown, eating at a restaurant in Hanoi. In light of the recent passing of Bourdain, Obama took to Twitter to commemorate the chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who died Friday.
"He taught us about food," wrote Obama in his post below a photo of the two enjoying noodles together. "But more importantly, about its ability to bring us together."
Earlier this year, the owners of the restaurant, Bun Cha Huong Lien, decided to encase the table where the two had sat, along with its settings, in glass. During the presidential visit, the restaurant had been mobbed with crowds and the event, a very big deal. That moment of history is preserved in glass alongside a photo of Obama and Bourdain.
Origanus Katlego Ramfate became the first International Student Intern for the Obama legacy Initiative in November 2017. Many thanks go to Origanus for his untiring work on the OLI website. Origanus is credited with the wonderful and beautiful pictures on this website. Faculty and many students at the College of DuPage became close friends and were captured by his warm smile and willingness to help wherever he could. The OLI will miss Origanus especially Fred Greenwood, President, and co-founder of the OLI. " We learned more from Origanus than he may have learned from us." The remarkable friendship will stay intact, said Greenwood. The initiatives of the OLI will go with Origanus to his native home of Rustenburg, South Africa and be disseminated to the followers of our 44th President Barack Obama. This internship was one that may never be matched, the bar is set extremely high.
YES, WE CAN!
Each year the College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter participates in a project known as the “College-Wide Project” and for the fall 2015 project the chapter researched the need for a food pantry on campus. They spent the semester meeting with local experts and college administration, conducting surveys of current students and faculty/staff and working with service-learning students on the need and feasibility of opening a pantry. Phi Theta Kappa’s research alone found that 100 out of 750 College of DuPage students reported having access to only 1-2 full meals a day or less than a full meal a day. The chapter felt that this showed food insecurity was definitely an issue that should be addressed at College of DuPage. Phi Theta Kappa wanted to support the campus community members by giving them the brain “fuel” they need to succeed while at the College of DuPage and therefore created the FUEL Pantry.
“Many college students who experience food insecurity struggle to reach milestones such as year-to-year persistence and certificate or degree completion” ---Higher Education Today
Who Can Use the Pantry? The FUEL food pantry is for all students, faculty, and staff facing food insecurity and in need of assistance. Our goal is to conveniently provide food for individuals on campus who may be food insecure. Students, faculty, and staff will need a valid College ID and complete a short registration form. No proof of need is necessary. Guidelines on how often an individual can visit and how much food can be received per visit are posted in the food pantry.
Hours of Operation
Monday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*These hours are subject to change. If these hours do not meet your needs please email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Office of Student Life in Student Services Center (SSC), Room 1217 and talk to Shannon.
Donations The FUEL Pantry accepts non-perishable food donations at any time of the year. Donations can be dropped off in the Phi Theta Kappa office in SSC 2212 or the Office of Student Life in SSC 1217. In addition, tax-deductible cash donations can be made through the COD Foundation.
Popular items include:
If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to sign up. For questions or more information on the Fuel Pantry, email email@example.com.
by Marie Wilson, Daily Herald
The Obama Legacy Initiative found some of its volunteers in the News on Friday, May 11th. An initiative that is growing literally! The Obama Legacy Garden Project aimed at supporting food pantries is growing vegetables that will be donated to the Warren Sharpe Community Center in Joliet Illinois. We are grateful for the coverage from the Daily Herald. This highlights the garden initiative of the OLI and will help provide information about other gardens in the rest of the Country. The OLI is searching for volunteers that have an interest in this initiative. The following article tells a more detailed story.
The co-founder of a national effort to name places and things after former President Barack Obama is working with others in Naperville to make one of those namesakes a garden that supports a food pantry in need.
Fred Greenwood of Naperville is co-founder and president of the Obama Legacy Initiative, a nonprofit organization of volunteers separate from the Obama Foundation. The initiative aims to recognize what its members believe are Barack and Michelle Obama's top areas of accomplishment in education and health care by naming things -- mainly schools and gardens -- after the 44th president. So while Greenwood and volunteers, including Stephen Purduski and Rose Johnson of Naperville, work to build the network of Obama-named places across the country, they're also growing it at home.
At two rented sections in the Naperville Park District's Ron Ory Community Garden Plots, about a dozen Obama Legacy Initiative gardeners will tend crops -- peppers, squash, onions, beets, lettuce, and melons -- this summer to donate to the Warren-Sharpe Community Center in Joliet.
"Compared to other food pantries we've been to, they really need help," Greenwood said.
The pantry feeds 800 families a month in an area where some residents who don't have cars must take two bus rides to reach a grocery store offering fresh produce, Purduski said. The organization also helps children and families with after-school programs, parenting programs, cooking classes and an urban farm.
"It's like an oasis in the middle of a blighted area," Purduski said of the Warren-Sharpe facility, 20 miles south of where the garden to support it will be planted.
Obama Legacy Initiative volunteers plan to plant their garden Saturday, then donate the produce as quickly as it's harvested.
They'll also accept vegetables or fruits grown by home gardeners to help pantry clients in Joliet access good nutrition.
"There's a big health issue with not being able to get fresh fruits and vegetables," Greenwood said.
Gardens are growing in Missouri, Kansas, California, and Chicago on behalf of the Obama Legacy Initiative, founded more than three years ago by Greenwood and former Obama campaign staffer Sean Tenner, a Naperville native and Democratic political strategist.
Greenwood said he's working to involve gardeners in Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin this summer. The organization eventually aims to have something named for Obama in every state and every county.
To volunteer with the initiative or donate produce, contact Greenwood at (630) 461-4828 or fred@ObamaLegacyInitiative.org.
The Obama Legacy Initiative's Garden Project continues to grow, literally! On Sunday, April 29th, the OLI Garden Project volunteers rolled up their sleeves and started work on their garden plot, one of the Naperville Park District's over 400 garden plots available for public use. OLI volunteers plan to donate all the produce raised, to the Warren Sharp Community Center in Joliet, Illinois. Executive Director of the Warren Sharp Center, Mr. Jeremy Bolden, stopped by to lend a helping hand. The volunteers loaded and unloaded two truckloads of fertilizer that was spread on the garden in preparation for a final tilling and planting in just a few weeks. Board member, Kathy Schneider, and several officers of OLI pitched in for an exciting day of fun and work.
The OLI met with the Warren Sharp Community Center about six months ago and saw the work they were doing to help the families in their community. The Center has an after-school program and a food pantry which feeds approximately 800 people per week. They teach the children how to grow crops and were invited to visit Michelle Obama's White House Gardens. OLI is proud to work with the Warren Sharp Community Center and hopes that other communities will join the Garden Project.
YES, WE CAN!
The Obama Legacy Initiative's mission is to