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Turnip For Change

Now, during this incredibly difficult time, your support for food justice and youth-driven social and community change is more critical than ever. The current health and economic crises have profoundly altered our lives, and are disproportionately impacting our neighbors already marginalized by historic and systemic inequities.

BECOME A SPONSOR TODAY!

Join us on Thursday, September 10th, for a virtual event to raise critical funds for the Food Literacy Project and APRON, Inc. Let’s gather for a live toast on our Facebook page at 7 PM to TURNIP FOR CHANGE.

Hosting your own Virtual House Party or small gathering is a fun and easy way to support the Food Literacy Project and APRON, Inc.! You may need to be familiar with Zoom or Facebook Live, but we have linked you to instructions on how to have a successful event on these platforms.

Need more ideas?

  • Visit our Virtual House Party Toolkit for advice and resources.
  • Check out exclusive wine recommendations from John Johnson, owner and sommelier of The Wine Rack (coming soon!).
  • Explore our local food system with Farmer Ivor Chodkowski of Field Day Family Farm (coming soon!).
  • Celerybrate the bounty of the harvest with a box of produce picked just for YOU by Farmer Ivor. Only 25 boxes will be available for pick-up on Septemeber 9th at Field Day Family Farm.
  • Find delicious recipes developed by youth in our community.
  • Draw inspiration from the Food Literacy Project Cooking Series.
  • Discover the joy of learning by doing. Check out our family-friendly activities to help build healthy habits and a connection to the land. (Who doesn’t love doing the Plant Parts Dance?)

Tickets for this virtual event “go on sale” August 18th!

The Food Literacy Project’s mission is youth transforming their communities through food, farming, and the land. We are leveraging food and sustainable agriculture, youth leadership, cross-sector partnerships, and neighborhood assets to work towards a vision for a healthy and equitable community where people and places thrive. Since 2006, we have strived to address the root causes of food insecurity and bring change to the family table by expanding urban agriculture, farm and garden-based education, and food access initiatives.

In recent years, we have focused community engagement efforts on the neighborhoods surrounding our farming operation in south Louisville. Iroquois Urban Farm is an 8-acre newly cultivated farm on the site of the former Iroquois Homes complex off Taylor Boulevard. Our neighbors in this area grapple with food insecurity and high rates of diet-related disease – conditions that correlate with poverty, which disproportionately impact people of color. 

The recent health crisis and economic fallout have hit this community hard. In response to the immediate needs for healthy food, The Food Literacy Project decided to share our harvest with neighbors in need this season – instead of taking those crops to market. We have partnered with Ag in the City, South Louisville Community Ministries, and Southwest Community Ministries to ensure the efficacious distribution of this produce. So far this growing season, we have harvested and shared salad mix, spinach, and radishes –  with more to come as the season grows forward.

Click the links below to see our work in action.

APRON, Inc.  “Helping you out of the weeds”

APRON, Inc. was founded in 2011 by a group of individuals with ties to the local restaurant community. Apron supporters include owners, servers, chefs, and others concerned about our local independent food and beverage service workers. They realize that independent restaurant employees may be susceptible to financial distress in times of crisis.

The mission of APRON, Inc. is to provide temporary, limited financial relief to professional food and beverage industry workers in the Louisville, KY metro area who work at locally owned establishments and who are experiencing financial distress due to illness, injury, or other issues. Food service professionals who have suffered an accident, family emergency, criminal act committed against such person, or other catastrophic event are eligible for assistance.

“APRON is so proud and honored to be partnered with the Food Literacy Project, the funds couldn’t come at a better time. We intend to be here for the people we help for the long haul, and The Food Literacy Project is helping us fulfill our pledge.” – Gary Fox, President of APRON

To learn more about APRON, Inc., visit their website, or view news articles on their work. We are happy to have them as a partner as we TURNIP FOR CHANGE and make a positive change in the community!

Questions about how you can TURNIP FOR CHANGE?

Contact Rebecca Grau at rebecca@foodlitearcyproject.org

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