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News Release

Growing Illinois Food Access Allocation Grant (GIFAA Grant) for LaSalle County

NEWS RELEASE – PREPARED BY Meg Overocker, Program Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit


In January 2018, the University of Illinois Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) received a grant through the Growing Illinois Food Access Allocation Grant (GIFAA Grant) for LaSalle County. The Grant will be executed through collaboration between SNAP-Ed and two other LaSalle County Extension Programs: the Master Gardener (MG) Program, and the 4-H Program. This Grant will benefit the Ottawa Community Food Basket located in Ottawa, LaSalle County. The Grant supports a project whose goals are to “develop, transform, or continue a food donation garden that provides produce to a food pantry(s) or a food bank(s).” Briefly, the local MG program, under the direction of University of Illinois Extension staff, Master Gardeners and community volunteers, will serve the Grant by organizing and overseeing the construction of raised beds at the Ottawa Community Garden, planting vegetable seeds and plants, and harvesting and delivering produce to the Ottawa Community Food Basket. The LaSalle County 4-H youth will be participating in the maintenance and harvesting of the garden under the instruction and supervision of Master Gardeners.

In May, despite numerous weather delays, the Grant allowed for the expansion of the garden through the construction and addition of four 12’ x 4’ raised beds by 4-H Program youth development members.

Additionally, Garden’s Gate, a local Ottawa nursery, provided quality compost for the project. LaSalle County MGs planted each bed with a variety of vegetables. The resulting produce will be distributed at the Ottawa Community Food Basket throughout the growing season and during four special events in the form of farmers’ market style distribution and activities on the following dates: June 18th, July 16th, August 20th and September 17th. The June 18th event was a success, with 66 pounds of fresh radishes, broccoli and collard greens distributed. Produce will be available on the remaining dates between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Extension’s Illinois Nutrition Education Program staff will be present to offer recipes and samples of the fresh produce for clients.

The University of Illinois Extension is pleased to partner with a variety of programs within our organization, are appreciative of the community support from Garden’s Gate, and know the events will be a success in bringing fresh, local produce to families in need.

If you have questions or need more information please call University of Illinois Extension –LaSalle County Office at 815-433-0707.


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