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Good Samaritan Inn receives $75,000 grant from Chicago Region Food System Fund

(Chicago, IL – January 22, 2024) The Chicago Region Food System Fund (CRFSF/the Fund) announces grant awards for the “Grow Local and Regional Food System Resourcesround of grant funding. $3,800,000 is awarded to 39 organizations for projects that build on previous grantmaking by the Chicago Region Food System Fund to strengthen a resilient food system for the Chicago region. “Grow Local and Regional Food System Resources” is the second of three interconnected rounds of funding through April 2024. Round Three, “Prepare for Future Food System Emergencies,” opens February 12, 2024. The Fund will hold an informational webinar for Round Three on Wednesday, February 14 at 2pm CST.
“Grow Local and Regional Food System Resources” grant recipients announced today are:

  • 65th & Woodlawn and Kumunda Gardens, $100,000
  • Academy for Global Citizenship, $50,000
  • Adelante Center for Entrepreneurship, $150,000
  • Allies for Community Business, $125,000
  • Chicago Grows Food, $25,000
  • Chicago Lights, $150,000
  • The Common Market, $100,000
  • Community Development Institute, $75,000
  • The Conservation Fund, $100,000
  • Elawa Farm Foundation, $100,000
  • Enlace Chicago, $150,000
  • Equity and Transformation, $100,000
  • Evanston Latinos NFP, $100,000
  • Experimental Station, $50,000
  • Fair Food Network, $150,000
  • Farmers Rising, $125,000
  • The Flow Foundation Inc, $75,000
  • Gardeneers, $75,000
  • God’s Farmacy, $100,000
  • The Good Samaritan Inn, $75,000

  • The Good Samaritan Inn’s Mercy Gardens will increase production or distribution of locally grown food to the greater Chicago region through aggregation and distribution, prioritizing historically underserved communities
  • Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, $50,000
  • Inner City Muslim Action Network, $150,000
  • Just Roots, $150,000
  • The Land Conservancy of McHenry County – Woodstock, IL, $25,000
  • Little Village Community Foundation, $100,000
  • Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, $150,000
  • NeighborSpace, $100,000
  • NWI Food Council, $100,000
  • Plant Chicago, $125,000
  • PS Its Social, $50,000
  • Real Foods Collective, $100,000
  • Runaway Buckers Club Inc, $100,000
  • St Sabina Church, $50,000
  • Street Vendors Association of Chicago, $150,000
  • Think Regeneration NFP, $50,000
  • Urban Growers Collective, $100,000
  • Wood St. Collective, $75,000
  • YMEN, $125,000
  • YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, $75,000

Today’s grant awards are part of $10 million in additional funding announced in January 2023. Including today’s funding announcements, the Chicago Region Food System Fund has distributed a total of $17,923,150 to 183 grantees since June 2020.

“Organizations across the Chicago food system—from Chicago neighborhoods to Joliet communities and from McHenry County farms to northwest Indiana gardens—received funding in this round,” said Chicago Region Food System Fund Steering Committee member Dan Kenney. “What connects all of these projects, which are diverse in scale and geography, is that each of them contributes to a revitalized and reimagined food system, grounded in equity, expertise, and engagement”

Created in the early months of the COVID-19 crisis, the Chicago Region Food System Fundfocuses on building resilience in the local food system, an area approximately 200 miles from Chicago. The Fund promotes organizations producing food in, and supplying food to, communities of color. Fresh Taste, fiscally sponsored by Forefront, manages the Fund.

The Chicago Region Food System Fund Steering Committee includes six community representatives and three funder representatives. The Steering Committee comprises Lenore Beyer, Dion Dawson, Dan Kenney, Haven Leeming, Jose Oliva, Gina Roxas, Alexandra Sossa, Janelle St. John, and Jack Westwood.

Major funders of the Chicago Region Food System Fund are Builders Initiative, Food:Land:Opportunity (funded through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust), Fresh Taste, The Lumpkin Family Foundation, Margot L. Pritzker Fund, and Walder Foundation. The Fund welcomes additional support.

Fresh Taste is a collaborative funder initiative committed to racial and economic equity and focused on changing the way food is grown, processed, distributed, and consumed in the Chicago region to promote healthy land, healthy people, and healthy communities. Fresh Taste’s vision is that residents of the Chicago region eat local fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meat, and dairy products produced through regenerative agriculture and brought to tables by local businesses.

Forefront is Illinois’ membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, advisors, public agencies, and their allies. They provide education, advocacy, thought leadership, and facilitate collective action around issues that are important to its members and to the sector. Forefront oversees and is responsible for all financial and legal activities of Fresh Taste.




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