This Sunday, July 15th, the Glenwood Sunday Market will be located on the east side of the tracks between Morse and Lunt. This is due to the ongoing track work in conjunction with the Morse/Lunt “L” station rehabilitation project. The Market will return to its usual location on the west side of the tracks next Sunday.
The Glenwood Sunday Market and I launched a new initiative this past week to provide locally grown, fresh produce from the Market to “food insecure” Rogers Park families. The Community Shares Project aims to improve food security for families “falling through the cracks,” including those who earn just enough not to qualify for food stamps and undocumented residents fearful of applying for benefits.
The program is made possible by a generous grant from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and support from the Rogers Park Business Alliance, St. Ignatius Food Pantry and Christopher House. Principals from New Field Elementary School, Jordan Elementary School and Gale Academy recommend the eligible families and the food is distributed each Monday morning at one of the schools on a rotating basis. The project is slated to run for 17 weeks until the final week of the Glenwood Sunday Market season on October 28th.
The project also includes a multi-lingual educational component intended to enhance the participants knowledge of how to prepare and enjoy fresh, locally grown produce. And Christopher House staff members are on hand at the distribution sites to help qualified families register for SNAP benefits.
The Community Shares Project also supports the farmers and vendors of Glenwood Sunday Market because all the food is purchased from the Market’s vendors and all program participants receive “Market Tokens” to shop the Market for fresh food.
At Monday’s first project delivery site, New Field School, 12 families each received a large bag of fresh produce, recipes for kohlrabi (the vegetable of the month) and tokens to shop at the market this Sunday. And I was on hand to speak about one of my favorite vegetables–the onion.
So, watch the streets of Rogers Park for the Market’s snazzy green bike and trailer delivery system! We hope our project will make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors!