Feeding our neighbors in need

Dismantling discriminatory systems while advocating for justice & equality for all is at the heart of everything we do

We need your help to respond to the current food crises due to the pandemic

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growingSOUL, Sustainable Opportunities for Universal Learning, is a grassroots non-profit founded in 2009 by then-Maryland resident Jessica Weiss. Our mission is to engage and assist communities to reduce hunger while simultaneously reducing food waste. growingSOUL creates, implements and advocates for sustainable, interconnected, reciprocity-based food systems benefitting the vitality of communities and their residents as well as our planet. 

 

The​ Chesapeake Bay region’s​ ​first​ ​Zero-Waste​ ​Food​ ​Justice​ ​program,​ growingSOUL is ​a​ ​legacy​ ​project​ ​honoring​ ​our community’s​ ​history​ ​of ​sharing​ ​healthy​ ​fresh​ ​food​ ​with​ ​those​ ​seeking freedom ​​along the​ ​soil trails​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Underground​ ​Railroad. We advocate for and provide access to nutritious & sustainable food for those most marginalized.​

WE CONSIDER FOOD SOVEREIGNTY TO BE THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM

As an urgent response to Covid-19, growingSOUL pivoted our programming to focus on the more immediate needs of our community. "Last Mile Food Box Delivery" ensured that healthy 32-lb fresh food boxes reach those in suffering from the pandemic. Between July 2020 and May 2021, growingSOUL fed over 3 million people in DC, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia. In appreciation for including all 5 boroughs in our efforts and feeding over 1.5 million New Yorkers, we are proud to announce that growingSOUL received the City of NY Mayoral Service Recognition Award 2020.

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FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED
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+23.M pounds

of fresh food in +750,000 boxes

Food

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Trucks 

778  refrigerated trucks  

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18 NYC & 35 Mid-Atlantic Collaborative Partners in

all 5 NYC Boroughs; 

DC, Maryland, Virginia & West Virginia

Partners

Feeding Families

+3 million people fed     July 2020-May 2021

Since the USDA Farm to Families program ended in May 2021,
many more people continue to be hungry as the variant surges.
growingSOUL needs your assistance.

35 trucks a week

435 trucks
with 6 vendors

since September

What We Do

#GrowYourSoul

                  Yard Link

Composting and 

Food Production

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

Recover seconds and ugly produce and process them into bone broth, soup stock, stuffings, muffins and dehydrates that we donate into the community.

Culinerati

Workforce Development, 

Education & Advocacy

Collaborating with community partners, we advocate for and create reciprocity-based educational opportunities for volunteers, ages 4-94, to take part in sustainable food systems..