U.S.  Detroit, Michigan

Creating a Food-Sovereign City


BGR partner Keep Growing Detroit was established to promote a food-sovereign city, in which the majority of fruits and vegetables Detroiters consume are grown by residents within city limits. With a median household income of $27,838, nearly 38 percent of Detroit residents live below the poverty line, and 37 percent of households rely on food assistance programs to feed their families. In 2019, Keep Growing Detroit will reach and support 1,400 Detroit families to improve their health through increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Through its Garden Resource Program, founded in 2004, Keep Growing Detroit provides seeds, transplants, and resources to support approximately 25,000 residents in growing their own food gardens and securing access to fresh, low-cost vegetables. Supported by BGR, Keep Growing Detroit aims to increase the number of Detroit residents who benefit from the program through strategic engagement activities. While the ultimate goal of the project is to bring residents into the program as participants and growers, the project first intends to meet residents where they are, beginning with increasing community access to healthy food and building connections with residents through community outreach events. Project activities will therefore focus first on (1) distributing 2,000 pounds of produce from Keep Growing Detroit’s farm to food-insecure families in Detroit and (2) improving familiarity with the organization’s work through tastings at 30 community outreach events. Additionally, this project will encourage and support 400 households to build self-sufficiency by connecting them with opportunities to grow their own food as new members of the Garden Resource Program. Annually renewable project.

Our Projects

BGR projects are designed to provide direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, to promote ecologically sustainable agriculture, to support the education of girls and women, and to give women an opportunity to start right livelihood projects to support their families. This is a selection of our newest projects. To see all our projects, please click here.


Bangladesh NEW

VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR MARRIED ADOLESCENT GIRLS
Help fund vocational training for 200 married adolescent girls so they can pursue alternative opportunities and shape their own futures. »


Brazil  NEW

SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AMONG GUARANI WOMEN
Support women from the indigenous Guarani Mbya community in promoting and applying traditional agricultural practices in five villages in São Paulo. »


Cambodia NEW

MONITORING THE WELFARE OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN PRISON
Provide food and hygiene materials for women and infants living in 18 Cambodian prisons, plagued by squalid conditions. »


Cameroon   NEW

EDUCATION OF ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN - COMPUTER LITERACY
Provide 120 children in need with school furniture, literacy materials, and computers. » »


Haiti

FOOD PROGRAM FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN
Provide two meals a day, five days a week, to approximately 100 children and 40 adults. » 


India   NEW

EDUCATION AND FOOD AID FOR CHILDREN IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Help in providing three healthy meals a day, seven days a week, to 240 students. » 


Malawi and Kenya

TRAINING FARMERS IN CLIMATE RESISTANT AGRICULTURE METHODS
Training in biointensive climate-resilient farming to increase food production for 450 farmers, of whom 300 are women. » 


Peru   NEW

HELPING GIRLS IMPROVE THEIR NUTRITION, WELL-BEING, AND SCHOOLING
Improve the physical and emotional well-being of 30 young women by funding school supplies and providing workshops on the importance of education, hygiene, and a healthy diet. »


Sri Lanka  NEW

LIVELIHOOD TRAINING FOR DISABLED PEOPLE
Provide vocational training and work opportunities for 60 disabled people in the Anuradhabura district. » 



Sudan

INCREASING HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY IN SOUTH DARFUR
Provide agricultural training and supplies to an estimated 3,000 individuals, increasing food production by 30 percent. »

 

Uganda NEW

PEACE SCHOOL
Provide assistance to 12 students to attend school. »

U.S. Easton, Pennsylvania

EASTON URBAN FARM
Provide 6,000 pounds of locally grown produce to 800 low-income residents, 600 of them women. Build community through programs including free monthly workshops on urban farming topics. »