Every year, Feeding America supplies nutritious food to more than 37 million Americans, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. The organization distributes the 3 billion pounds of food through an expansive network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies across the country. Grocery stores, government agencies, and individuals contribute funds and food, which Feeding America then transports to communities in need through member food banks, ensuring everyone in the area has access to meals. Feeding America also takes a leadership role on the local and national stage, advocating for efficient government programs that address the issue of food insecurity in communities nationwide.
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As advocates for clean, active travel, Active Transportation Alliance strives to make bicycling, walking, and using public transit convenient and safe. Staff members and volunteers organize fun events, such as Bike the Drive, designed to promote the active-transportation movement. Additionally, Safe Routes to School and other programs encourage physical activity—such as walking or bicycling to school—and work to make sure such activities are safe for children. Ultimately, Active Transportation Alliance envisions a Chicagoland where half of all trips are made by biking, walking, and public transit, a dramatic shift from environmentally harmful and sedentary forms of travel.
Will Allen has worn many hats in his lifetime. The son of a sharecropper, he founded his urban farming foundation Growing Power in 1993 after a brief career in professional basketball, going on to earn a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and a spot on Time magazine's Top 100 of 2010 list. From Milwaukee to Chicago, his city farms thrive, tended by a volunteer team of all ages who gain the all-too-uncommon satisfaction of knowing the "who, when, where, and how" of their vegetables’ origins. Besides providing the seeds, tools, and educational resources to green the thumbs of any willing student, the farms also foster community bonds by filling the pantries of select local restaurants and locavore squirrels.
Join G-Team and Chicago Gateway Green (CGG) to plant 50 trees at Clark Park in the city's Irving Park neighborhood this fall. If we raise enough funds for all 50 trees, then CGG will gather volunteers from around the city to plant the trees as part of its Tree Partnership Program, fueled and funded by individual citizens. Four giving levels are available for G-Team donors: $5, $10, $25, or $50.
Marc Hauser has captured the portraits of numerous celebrities during his illustrious career, including Michael Jordan, Woody Allen, Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Dennis Rodman, and recently Lollapalooza musicians. Although sessions with Hauser usually start around $1,200, this philanthropically-oriented Groupon covers up to five corporeal beings, whether they be children, adults, pets, or eldritch whisperers from the outer regions, all without dishing out the kind of dough with which celebrities bake. There is an additional charge per extra person, pet, or cardboard standup of Yoda. Following the shoot, you will receive one high-quality, 8"x10" fine art print of the portrait to hang on the wall, spam message boards on the internet, or staple over the actual face represented in the picture. Extra prints will be available for purchase.
One of CAASE's latest initiatives, "Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation," sends male educators to area schools to conduct multi-day workshops with groups of male teenagers. Sessions educate these young men in their roles in the community and how they have the power to speak out against these assaults and challenge cultural norms to help those whom have been sexually exploited.