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Kresge's Arts & Culture and Health programs collaborated to fund neighborhood-scale projects demonstrating creative, cross-sector visions of food-oriented development. With FreshLo, The Kresge Foundation is the first national funder to intentionally and equitably integrate food, art and community to drive neighborhood revitalization at this scale.
FreshLo grantees across the country are developing innovative approaches to economic development, cultural expression and health through food-oriented development. In 2017, The Kresge Foundation granted $4.6 million to communities to implement projects. Each organization completed a one-year planning phase to address the needs of their community and engage residents in the design of the project in order to receive implementation funding.
This grant will support the renovation and revitalization of La Marqueta, a historic open-air market in East Harlem that has deep cultural relevance for the Puerto Rican and other communities. Community-engaged design elements sill help change the narrative of the commercial corridor that houses the market.
Environmental Health Watch and its partners will train youth leaders in food entrepreneurship, culinary arts, neighborhood history and the music business in the Garden Valley neighborhood to increase health food access and economic opportunity for all residents.
Sankofa is developing a community-led teaching kitchen where they will provide instruction on growing and cooking food. This approach will help residents make healthier food choices and engage residents of all ages in improving the neighborhood.
This grant supports the expansion of food-oriented social justice enterprises -- including an organic nursery and aquaponics operation -- that hire employees returning to the community from prison. The ventures will incorporate workshops, music and artistic expression.
AEDA and its partners will create a Community Food Center to serve as the heart of a vibrant network of gardens, restaurants, food-based businesses and art spaces in the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods.
Green Opportunities will launch the community-designed and governed Southside Arts and Agricultural Center. The public pavilion includes expansion of a community garden, a hub for African American creatives and will feature health and nutrition programming.
The McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie will create a Creole food and arts cultural district that will include local food production, activate public spaces and create new economic opportunities for residents.
Elijah’s Promise will develop the Mercado Esperanza that will feature local food, vendors and artisans reflecting the Latino community culture in the Esperanza neighborhood. Elijah’s Promise will also support local vendors through an Entrepreneur Academy.
This grant will help expand social enterprises by increasing farm production of cultural foods, and connecting their farm crops into their daycare, market, and restaurant. They also will develop new opportunities in health education through nutrition and cooking classes.
This grant will support development of a social enterprise center with food processing facilities, art enterprises, dual-language early childhood program using locally-sourced food and social support programs clustered in a centrally-located family resource center.
Dream of Wild Health will launch an Indigenous Food Network in the Phillips neighborhood. The network will produce and distribute traditional Native American foods and improve health, economic and cultural opportunities for residents.
The Center for Great Neighborhoods will develop projects designed to help residents grow, participate and contribute to the community. This includes fellowships and internships to build residents’ job skills, a Westside Spring Celebration to support local farmers and a tool share program.
The City of Providence and partners will develop Sowing Place, a year-round weekly food and arts market in the Southside and West End neighborhoods, that will increase equitable food access, public art and economic viability in the community.
This grant will support redevelopment of a historic African American elementary school into a community marketplace and incubation space for food-based economic development. Local artists will use creative interventions to support cultural activities and storytelling.
This grant will help develop a site to support food businesses and provide opportunities for a growing immigrant and refugee populations. It will include a kitchen incubator which will include food skills and entrepreneurship training, and small business assistance.
This grant will support increased access to local, healthy food reflecting the culture, priorities, and participation of neighborhood residents. Components include food access projects, artists working in community organizing, and collaboration with local gardening organizations.
This grant will help transform a vacant building and lot into a healthy marketplace that will serve as a corner store and community hub. The project will expand access to fresh produce, integrate art and entrepreneurship into community and embed social and economic equity into development.
This grant supports efforts to establish a food innovation center, a nutrition-focused health campaign,and community farm stand that engages youth. The project includes a community kitchen, programming and meeting space.
This grant will fund key activities including expansion of local gardens and greenhouses, a community-supported agriculture program, health programming for community residents, and neighborhood branding through art and historic tours.
This grant will support a comprehensive neighborhood food economy including commercial kitchen facilities, folk art studio spaces and expanded food sales to resident and grocers. It will bolster new market strategies and youth programs at its community-owned market garden.
This grant provides support for an arts-infused, year-round market and support for small food-related businesses and creative enterprise. The project includes recruiting home gardeners and cooks as potential vendors; and performances, workshops and other arts programming.
The Fresno Metro Ministry will develop the “What’s Cooking Fresno?” incubator project in the Blackstone Corridor to develop residents’ food business management and entrepreneurial skills. The project also includes the purchase and renovation of an abandoned building.
This grant support creation of a cultural hub to serve as a community gathering place and includes a new fresh food market and space for artistic demonstrations, displays and performances celebrating cultural heritage and neighborhood unity.
Green Opportunities is using their FreshLo planning grant to develop a comprehensive strategy that will strengthen their food programs to impact creative revitalization of the Southside neighborhood in ways that are inclusive and neighborhood-driven.
Students of Green Opportunities' Kitchen Ready Program, Christine Carter, Stephen Hammond and Kierra Byers, take a moment to reflect prior to serving a community meal at the Southside Kitchen.
Green Opportunities' Kitchen Ready Cycle 13 student Michelle O’dette prepares dessert at the Southside Kitchen community pop-up dinner.
At Green Opportunities' Pop-Up community dinner at the Southside Kitchen, Chef Hannan Shabacz greets community members as they enjoy the meal. Chef Shabacz tells community members about the program and the students who prepared their meal.
DAISA Enterprises serves as the National Program Office for FreshLo. With expertise working at the nexus of food, health, economy and community, the DAISA team provides strategic guidance for the initiative, manages daily operations, supports strategic learning, and works with FreshLo partners to build capacity.