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Read article: Coalition supports food safety, food access, and expansion opportunities through grants to local organizations
Coalition supports food safety, food access, and expansion opportunities through grants to local organizations
Many families struggle to have adequate access to enough nutritious foods to support an active and healthy lifestyle. There is no one answer to the...
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Read article: Focusing on food costs
Focusing on food costs
Have your groceries been eating up your budget lately? If you have noticed the increased cost of buying food, you are not alone. Some current...
An abundant harvest: Donating garden crops to food pantries variety of garden produce organized on a table display including cauliflower, lemons, herbs, carrots, corn, tomatoes, egg plant and butternut squash
Read article: An abundant harvest: Donating garden crops to food pantries
An abundant harvest: Donating garden crops to food pantries
As the summer days pass by, garden harvest becomes a regularly performed task of our Master Gardeners. The demonstration gardens that were so...
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Read article: LFPA to strengthen Illinois food system
LFPA to strengthen Illinois food system
Illinois has $28M to support local farmers and fight hunger in Illinois through USDA’s Local Food Purchasing Assistance (LFPA) program. LFPA...

News Releases

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Donation garden gets healthy start thanks to community planting day
MARION, Ill. – Since 2021, the Cultivating Care Donation Garden has supplied fresh produce to The Salvation Army of Southern Illinois Food Pantry. Staff, volunteers, community partners, and local youth helped establish this year’s garden during a community planting day in April. With the...
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Consumers across political spectrum share food pricing frustrations
URBANA, Ill. — In his State of the Union address last week, President Biden touched on a topic close to the hearts of U.S. consumers: food prices. In this election year, we can expect high food costs to come up repeatedly, with candidates from both parties invoking price gouging, shrinkflation,...

Videos

School and Community Gardens Learning Module

Bring the garden into the schoolyard with our online School and Community Gardens Self-Paced Learning Modules. A school garden can be many things, from a pollinator garden, to a sensory garden, or a bulb garden. Our online learning modules focus on vegetable gardening while we take you on a...

Staff

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Makala Bach

LFPA Family and Consumer Sciences Visiting Outreach Associate