Feeding our neighbors in need
WE CONSIDER FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AS THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM
Founded by then-Maryland resident Jessica Weiss in 2009, growingSOUL is a grassroots non-profit that works with our communities to feed our neighbors in need. We work to educate and advocate for healthy sustainable food sources. We need your help to respond to the current food crises due to the pandemic.
growingSOUL, the Chesapeake Bay region’s first Zero-Waste Food Justice program, is a legacy project honoring our community’s history of sharing healthy fresh food with those in need along the soil trails of the Underground Railroad.
We connect, educate, engage and nourish communities while providing access to nutritious & sustainable food for those most marginalized.
We work on dismantling discriminatory systems, advocating for justice & equality for all.
Due to Covid-19, growingSOUL migrated focus to Put Stock in Our Community creating a program responding to urgent needs. "Last Mile Food Box Delivery" ensures that healthy 30-lb food boxes of fresh food reach those in need.
In NYC, 1.5 million people are food insecure with equally as many in Maryland, DC and Virgina not knowing where their next meal will come from.
In May 2020, we created the growingSOUL Collaborative, a community-based network in Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island.
The Collaborative focuses on feeding those marginalized communities most impacted by Covid-19 living in the initial epicenter of the virus and its economic fallout.
+12M pounds of fresh food boxes
32 trucks a week,
from 6 vendors
18 New York and
35 Mid-Atlantic Collaborative
More Families Fed
1.5 million people fed since June 2020
What We Do
Connecting, engaging and nourishing our community
Putting Stock in
Processing & Preserving in the Kitchen
We recover seconds and ugly produce and process them into bone broth, soup stock, stuffings, muffins and dehydrates that we donate into the community.
Engaging with growingSOUL in the kitchen is Putting Stock in Your Community!
Workforce Development, Education & Advocacy
We work with our partners collaboratively to create educational opportunities based on reciprocity to become part of the sustainable culinary world.
We work with volunteers ages 4-94 from all walks of life and partner with stakeholders from all aspects of food systems in our workforce, education and advocacy work.