18 Sep '12, 12pm

Growing Power scores $5 million to feed our nation’s hungriest cities

Young urban farmers. (Photo by kt_ries .) Food-justice organization Growing Power — with its now-iconic greenhouses, composting worms, fishponds, and multiple generations of graduates — is well-known as a model worth replicating. Now, Growing Power has announced a bountiful $5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund “community food centers” aimed at relieving hunger in five of the nation’s poorest areas. Modeled on Growing Power’s Milwaukee farm-headquarters , the centers will be located in Detroit; New Orleans; Forest City, Ark.; Shelby, Miss.; and Taos, N.M. “It’s all wrapped around providing healthy, sustainable, local food to folks, especially our youth,” explains Will Allen, founder and director of Growing Power. “Many of the young people in those communities go to bed hungry every night.” The grant was actually awarded in January 2011, but wasn’t forma...

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