Since 2009

Feeding our neighbors in need


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. 


More Food

+12M pounds of fresh food boxes




32 trucks a week,

435 trucks
from 6 vendors

since September


More Partners

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

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Composting &

Food Production

We collect community food scraps and compostables to effectively grow healthy soil in which we help communities to grow healthy sustainable food.

Putting Stock in
your Community

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.

Every dollar given contributes in a meaningful way towards feeding our neighbors in need.

©2020 by growingSOUL

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