After the tumultuous year of 2020, Groundwork staff realized that the short-term synergistic efforts of the Local Food Relief Fund needed to continue, but with a sustainable, capacity-building approach that works to bring stability to the food system. By combining this idea with strategies learned from Groundwork’s five-year Building Healthy Communities partnership, Building Resilient Communities aims to support food access and farming initiatives with funding, project planning, and staff consultation for hyper-local community solutions.
BRC is based on the fundamental principle that a micro-grant, along with project support and strategy, can have an outsized impact in moving the mission of an organization forward. For example, a commercial grade food processor in a church kitchen can meaningfully increase the amount and quality of food served at their weekly meals, potentially improving food security in a community. A cooler or freezer unit can dramatically change the kind of items a food pantry provides, expanding beyond heavily processed, shelf-stable items to fresh fruits and vegetables. With funding and human capital, more objectives can be achieved and more lives can be changed.
Individuals or organizations interested in potentially becoming a BRC site can fill out our intake form to indicate your interest. Once completed, a Groundwork staff member will follow up with you. If you have additional questions or want more information about participating in this program, contact Jessyca Stoepker, BRC Project Coordinator, at [email protected] or 269.908.8563.
Groundwork supporters and other community members interested in general program details may contact Christina Barkel, Food Equity Specialist, at [email protected] or 248.229.5653.