Cultivating the Soil to Help Heal the Spirit!

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Almost 18,000 pounds of food was saved from going into the landfill thanks to the momentous work of Growing Healthy Veterans Operations Manager, Lukan Paulus and many outstanding volunteers, including Foss Park Commissioner and Growing Healthy Veterans Board Member Dr. Donna King, Juanita & Charles Black, Jairo & Dennis, Michael, Air Force Veteran MaryAm, Lilly & friends, and our newest tireless volunteers, Cheryl, Victor, Joanna & Grace; plus many others who volunteered for an hour or two.

Thanks also go Manager Gabe Monroe and his staff at the Foss Park Golf Course in North Chicago who provided an air conditioned space to use on Saturday and Sunday to finish sorting, to the Gurnee American Legion Post 771 and the Liberty Prairie Foundation for additional cooler space, to Michael Brankin of the Eden Restoration Project, to the Prairie Crossing Homeowners Association, Shannon McBride and farmer Jeff Chapman for their help and support. Over 5 days 15,000 pounds of mainly apples, oranges, potatoes, and onions were sorted, with the remaining 3,000 pounds put into compost to create more healthy soil.

On Saturday, June 6th approximately 6,000 pounds of produce were made available to residents at the Growing Healthy Veterans community garden, North Chicago Commons. Approximately 4,000 pounds were taken to Zion and distributed by Juanita and Charles Black, founders of the Black Academy of Excellence. The remaining 5,000 pounds will be distributed at the end of the BLACK LIVES MATTER PEACEFUL PROTEST MARCH on Friday June 12th.

The March begins at 5 pm at the corner of 14th Street and Sheridan Road in North Chicago and ends at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan. Growing Healthy Veterans will have a table at the end of the march next to C&J Enterprises.

For further information please contact:
Ellen Ewing, 312-404-1907 or