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

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,​ 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.​


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" ensures that healthy 30-lb fresh food boxes reach those in suffering from the pandemic.


In June 2020, The growingSOUL Collaborative, a community-based sustainable food network, expanded from the Mid-Atlantic to include New York's Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Long Island. The Collaborative focuses on feeding marginalized communities most impacted by Covid-19, expanding to serve those living in the initial epicenter of the virus and its economic fallout. 

In NYC, 1.5 million people are food insecure with equally as many in Maryland, DC and Virginia not knowing where their next meal will come from. 


+11 M pounds of fresh food in 366,994 boxes




435 trucks  


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18 NYC & 35 Mid-Atlantic Collaborative Partners


+1.4 million people fed June-December 2020

Feeding Families

The USDA Farm to Families round 5 Food Program has begun: our distribution infrastructure remains in place with 33 new partners in West Virginia. More people are more hungry. growingSOUL needs your assistance.

35 trucks a week

435 trucks
with 6 vendors

since September

What We Do


                  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.


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.. 

©2020 by growingSOUL

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Every dollar donated is fee-free making 100% of your contribution go towards feeding our neighbors in need.

growingSOUL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, All donations are eligible for tax deduction

©2020 by growingSOUL