Like every organization and business, we are continuously changing with circumstances. But our overall mission has always stayed the same.
Now, we have a club structure of 2 branches: Garden, and Outreach.
The “Garden Branch” within each chapter club sets off to create and maintain an organic garden on their school campus. The food from the garden is then donated to local food banks and pantries or even handed out to our peers. For instance, many of our gardens are sponsored and certified by the Interfaith Food Shuttle to participate in the Plant a Row for the Hungry program, in which the food grown on that particular plot is given to their food pantries. We have found that the gardens are also a great place to advocate for not only food sustainability, but also healthy lifestyles. The overall purposes of the gardens are to produce food, to teach about food and health, and to spread awareness and stimulate action for food insecurity.
The “Outreach Branch” within each chapter club sets off to partner and collaborate with others in order to bring more action and awareness to the fight for food security. This can be done through hosting volunteering events, bringing in speakers, collaborating on cooking programs, creating fundraising events, and so much more. The Outreach Branch is flexible in order to account for the passions and interests of those in the chapters. For instance, one of our schools loved partnering with Interfaith Food Shuttle to bring Cooking Matters classes to different schools to teach the community about healthy cooking and eating. Another one of our schools loved partnering with Oak City Outreach Center to bring student volunteers out into Raleigh Downtown to serve meals to those within the community that are financially unstable.