The ICWEN Community Fridge Initiative has provided a great benefit to the Inner City Women Empowerment community. We are providing fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and packaged meals to women and families that need it. ICWEN is partnering with local food pantries and churches to receive excess food they acquire from the Greater Food Depository after they give through their Food Pantry.
We work collectively with several sororities, fraternities and the 200+ Seniors Association on their food and supply giveaways. ICWEN is contacting and partnering with local restaurants to receive over produced or left over packaged items for our community fridge.
The food we receive has not gone to waste. It has serviced over 100+ families (approximately 225 people and growing) per month.
Many of the recipients are referrals. Some come directly to our community fridge, but many are referred via conversations around the fridge. We deliver to senior citizen's and people with disabilities that need fresh fruits and vegetables but cannot come to our location. Some already receive Meals on Wheels deliveries, but the fresh nutritious fruits and greens, beans, peas, potatoes, carrots, etc. adds variety and make delicious healthy meals. They are excited to get the food and like talking about vegetable gardens, preparing meals and cooking with spices. ICWEN will continue this service to our seniors and disabled.
There is a huge need within the Inner City Women Empowerment Network of women and their families for the community fridge. Although there are food pantries throughout the Chicago area, they are limited to distribution by zip codes. The Greater Food Depository is not accepting partnerships at this time.
The advantage of the ICWEN Community Fridge is that we serve all women and their families, no matter where they live. There is no limit to how many families can be helped as we continue to grow this ICWEN Community Fridge Initiative and Food Pantry.
There is so much work to be done. We are motivated and energized to getting more fresh foods donated and volunteers to serve.
The funding for the Chicago Sustainability Challenge sponsored by the Microsoft Datacenter
Community Development Team and ChangeX has provided a great service for ICWEN community and will continue to have a powerful impact for many years to come.
Thank you Microsoft and ChangeX,