Growing Together Mini-Grants Awarded to 30 Iowa Counties

Rising Collectively Mini-Grants Awarded to 30 Iowa Counties

AMES, Iowa – Within the midst of file setting meals pantry utilization all through the state, Rising Collectively Mini-Grants will present recent produce and vitamin schooling to pantries in 2023 by way of Iowa State College Extension and Outreach’s SNAP-Training program.

A complete of 30 tasks are being funded, with the aim of accelerating meals safety and selling wholesome meals entry and vitamin schooling. This 12 months, the Rising Collectively Iowa undertaking will develop to 5 new counties. A map is accessible that reveals the place tasks are funded.

Grasp Gardener volunteers plant donation gardens with companions, help their neighborhood with plant-a-row packages to get extra produce into meals pantries, and glean recent produce from farmers markets and residential gardeners. All produce is donated to native meals pantries, meals banks and different meals distribution websites with accompanying vitamin schooling supplies.

Rising Collectively mini-grants have been funded by the US Division of Agriculture’s SNAP-Training since 2016. This 12 months, further funding for Rising Collectively Iowa was supplied by Amerigroup. Iowa was the primary state to create the Rising Collectively mannequin, which has been replicated in Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Wyoming and Montana. Over the previous seven years, the mini-grants have resulted in fruit and vegetable donations of just about 650,000 kilos in Iowa.

“This undertaking mobilizes communities to assist folks experiencing meals insecurity in a really tangible manner,” mentioned Katie Sorrell, extension schooling specialist and undertaking coordinator for Rising Collectively. “Rising Collectively helps meals pantries develop their choices to incorporate backyard recent vegatables and fruits.”

“It’s thrilling to see this program increasing into new areas of the state and rising its affect,” mentioned Alicia Herzog, Grasp Gardener program coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We all know how taxed native meals pantries are and the Grasp Gardener program is honored to play a task in serving to our neighbors safe recent produce.”

For extra info, Katie Sorrell might be reached at

County Tasks

Benton – Keep a big city farm-turned neighborhood donation backyard and coordinate gleaning efforts that can profit seven space meals pantries with a aim of donating 15,000 kilos. Backyard excursions can be supplied to meals pantry purchasers.

Bremer – Improve manufacturing to 12,000 kilos of recent vegatables and fruits to donate to the Northeast Iowa Meals Financial institution and native meals pantries. The undertaking will even associate with the meals and well being specialist to show vitamin schooling lessons at a church pantry.

Calhoun – Develop a wheelchair-accessible backyard on-site at Alternative Residing with 4 further raised backyard beds that purchasers will plant and harvest. Produce can be donated to native meals pantries.

Cerro Gordo – Improve provide of recent produce at pantries in Mason Metropolis, Clear Lake and Rockwell. Meals pantry purchasers can be invited to serving to hours on the backyard and vitamin schooling lessons taught by a meals and well being specialist.

Crawford – Present backyard house for meals pantry purchasers and improve the manufacturing of the Denison donation backyard to profit native pantries, together with the Short-term Help Program meals pantry.

Dallas – Improve fruit and vegetable manufacturing on the Fruitful Vine donation backyard for donation to the Waukee Space Christian Meals Pantry. Meals pantry purchasers can be supplied herb container gardening supplies and schooling in addition to invited to backyard excursions and to volunteer.Master Gardener project.

Des Moines – Keep the donation backyard plot at Homestead 1839 and the South Excessive Demonstration Backyard. Group gardeners can be inspired to donate extra dwelling produce and to volunteer on the neighborhood donation gardens.

Dickinson – Develop the 2 donation gardens to incorporate house for pantry purchasers to develop their very own produce. The gardens profit Higher Des Moines meals pantry and a number of other different meals cabinets.

Dubuque – Improve manufacturing of three donation gardens that help meals pantry websites on the Dubuque Rescue Mission, Salvation Military and the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Efforts will embrace rising long-season vegetation, succession planting and companion planting.   

Fayette – Improve manufacturing of the West Union donation backyard and create a brand new donation backyard in Oelwein. Produce can be donated to native meals pantries, together with the Open Arms Meals Pantry and the Plentiful Pantry.

Floyd – Keep the Clark Avenue Group Backyard and help households with low-income in sustaining neighborhood backyard plots by way of hands-on help and vitamin schooling alternatives. Undertaking will even associate with a backyard at a neighborhood enterprise and with dwelling gardeners for donations.

Franklin (new this 12 months) – Improve availability of recent produce at La Luz Centro Cultural meals pantry by way of a donation backyard. Backyard volunteers will plant excessive yielding and culturally various produce. Pantry purchasers can be invited to vitamin schooling lessons taught by the meals and well being specialist.

Harrison (new this 12 months) – Create a donation backyard with raised beds at The Crew Heart in Woodbine that can interact older adults, elementary college kids and highschool college students in volunteering. Produce can be donated to the Woodbine Group Meals Pantry.

Jasper – Interact Grasp Gardeners and neighborhood volunteers within the DMACC backyard to donate produce to the Meals Pantry of Jasper County and DMACC Newton Campus Meals Pantry. The undertaking will provide instructional alternatives for meals pantry purchasers, together with container gardening workshops, backyard excursions and vitamin schooling lessons taught by a meals and well being specialist.

Johnson – Create a raised mattress donation backyard on the new Coralville Meals Pantry location. Meals pantry purchasers can be engaged by way of serving to hours, backyard excursions, container gardening lessons and vitamin schooling lessons taught by the meals and well being specialist.  

Linn – Keep seven donation backyard websites with a aim of 10,000 donated kilos to native meals pantries together with the Southeast Linn Group Heart. Present instructional and volunteering alternatives for meals pantry purchasers and promote donation of extra produce from dwelling gardeners.

Lyon – Develop the donation backyard to satisfy the produce wants of ATLAS of Lyon County. Alternatives for meals pantry purchasers can be supplied together with container gardening workshops, backyard excursions and serving to hours.

Mitchell (new this 12 months) – Create a donation backyard in Osage to profit meals pantry purchasers on the Osage Meals Pantry and St. Ansgar Meals Pantry. Native 4-H golf equipment will assist construct and preserve the backyard and meals pantry purchasers can be invited to take part in instructional choices and serving to hours.

Montgomery – Improve manufacturing at three backyard websites in Purple Oak, Elliot and Stanton. Vitamin schooling lessons and container gardening schooling can be supplied for pantry purchasers at quite a few native meals pantries.

Muscatine – Improve manufacturing on the ISU Extension and Outreach Muscatine County workplace backyard and two neighborhood donation gardens to profit the Jesus Mission Meals Pantry and Muscatine Group Meals Pantry. United Means of Muscatine will associate with the gardens to supply volunteer alternatives.

O’Brien  – Keep donation gardens in Sanborn and Sheldon and acquire extra dwelling gardening produce donations. A container gardening class can be supplied to meals pantry purchasers at Love INC in addition to “Decide Your Personal” gardening alternatives.

Polk – Assist an on-site meals pantry backyard at Caring Arms Meals Pantry Backyard with soil amendments, a hand washing station and constant volunteers. Keep the Enabling Backyard in Altoona and the Demonstration Backyard in Urbandale that donate to native meals pantries.

Scott – Convert flower beds to vegetable gardening beds at a backyard in Bettendorf to donate to 6 meals distribution websites. A core group of volunteers can be recruited and container gardening lessons can be supplied to meals pantry purchasers. 

Story – Host weekly volunteer backyard nights on the Beloit donation backyard the place produce is donated to Meals at First. Meals pantry purchasers can be engaged by way of backyard excursions and pick-your-own occasions.

Tama – Interact with meals pantry purchasers by way of container gardening lessons, “Spend Sensible. Eat Sensible.” recipe tasting and a salsa making class. Group gardeners can be inspired to “Develop One other Row” and donate produce to the South Tama Meals Pantry and NE Tama Meals Pantry.

Wapello (new this 12 months) – Create a donation backyard on the ISU Extension and Outreach Wapello County workplace to donate to the Lord’s Cabinet and the Meals Financial institution of Iowa. Volunteers from the Grasp Gardener program 4-H, the NEST program, United Means and FFA will help within the constructing, planting and harvesting of the backyard.

Warren (new this 12 months) – Create a donation backyard in Indianola using raised beds, in-ground planting and trellising programs. The produce can be donated to the Serving to Hand Meals Pantry the place purchasers can be invited to container gardening actions and serving to hours.

Webster – Develop and improve productiveness by way of two new raised backyard beds to profit the Lord’s Cabinet meals pantry and Salvation Military. Container gardening schooling and vitamin schooling led by the meals and well being specialist can be supplied to pantry purchasers.

Winneshiek Companion with the Decorah Group Meals Pantry to donate produce in addition to provide instructional alternatives for pantry purchasers. Volunteers on the new donation backyard on the ISU Extension and Outreach Winneshiek County workplace campus will plant, preserve and harvest vegetable donations.

Wright Develop donation gardens in Clarion and Rowan with the assistance of meals pantry purchasers, 4-H’ers, Clover Children, elementary college students and Grasp Gardeners. Meals pantry purchasers can be inspired to take part in 5 instructional workshops and demonstrations, together with container gardening and vitamin schooling.

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