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Why we fund community gardens

Community gardens are essential in healthy communities – they provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables and encourage gardeners to stay active. Since 2014, Get Up & Go! has provided $15,000 in funding for 31 garden projects – 15 new gardens and 16 existing gardens. Combined, these awards account for over 100 raised garden beds, tended each year by community volunteers.

We’ve supported gardens in rural communities, urban food deserts, schools, neighborhoods, parks, community centers, and not-for-profit agencies serving special populations.

The gardens we fund have a plan for sustainability, are committed to groups facing food insecurity, have plans for youth education, or service to special needs populations.

Garden success stories

  • St. John’s United Church of Christ donated over $700 and produce from their garden to the local food pantry. They worked with their local schools to become one of the first USDA Summer Meal site locations in the City of Fairview Heights, ensuring low-income children in their community continued to receive nutritious meals when school was not in session.

  • The FRESH East St Louis Garden donated over 1,300 pounds of fresh produce to three local food pantries in May–October 2016.

  • In 2014, the O’Fallon Garden Club donated 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to the local food pantry.

2016 Garden Grants

New and existing gardens funded:

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church (Central Belleville)
  • Bicentennial Park Association (South Belleville)
  • Christian Activity Center (East St. Louis)
  • East St. Louis District 189 (East St. Louis)
  • East Side Health District (East St. Louis)
  • Harmony-Emge School District (West Belleville)
  • Good Shepherd of Faith United Church of Christ (East St. Louis)
  • Mt. Sinai Development Corporation (East St. Louis)
  • Ravissant-Belleville District 201 (West Belleville)
  • Sowers Garden (East Belleville)
  • Stillpointe Wellness Center (West Belleville)
  • Trinity Services of Southwest Illinois (Mascoutah)

2015 Garden Grants

Annoucement Blog Article

New and existing gardens funded:

  • St. John’s United Church of Christ (Fairview Heights)
  • Henry Raab Elementary School (Belleville)
  • Caritas Family Solutions (Belleville)
  • District 175 / Ogles Neighborhood Association (Belleville)
  • Edgemont Bible Church (Fairview Heights)
  • Griffin Center (East St. Louis)
  • Teens Against Killing Everywhere (East St. Louis)
  • Trinity Services (Mascoutah)
  • Village of Marissa (Marissa)
  • YMCA and Lessie Bates Neighborhood Association (East St. Louis)

2014 Garden Grants

Annoucement Blog Article

New gardens funded:

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Existing gardens funded:

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If you’d like more information, or to schedule an interview with Karan Onstott, Board President, please email her at klonstot@mckendree.edu.