2020-YOU-Annual-Report - Flipbook - Page 15
1911 CHURCH STREET
FO O D FA R M I N G FU T U R E (F 3 )
C H E F Q A N D C OM M U N I T Y M E A L S
Y.O.U.’s beautiful and bountiful garden was not shut
When schools shut down in March due to COVID,
down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Y.O.U. staff, partners
Y.O.U.’s culinary partner, Chef Q. Ibraheem, began
from The Talking Farm, and F youth leaders safely
fielding calls from families in search of virtual
tended to the garden and harvested once a week
cooking classes to keep their kids busy. During those
throughout the summer and fall.
conversations, Chef Q identified a rapidly growing need
Each week, all F3 participants received no-contact
deliveries of harvest baskets and recipes. Virtual F3
for families who recently had a disruption in income to
access groceries and meals.
sessions including cooking classes and discussions of
Y.O.U. opened its kitchen to Chef Q and her team,
urban farming, the week’s garden harvest, sustainability,
and, since March, more than 25,000 meals have
and environmental justice. Summer F3 participants even
been prepared and delivered to families to date in our
created a cookbook of summer recipes and photos of
community as a result of this collaboration!
their culinary creations.
D I D YO U K N OW ?
Y.O.U. hosted four repair clinics at our headquarters last year.
Volunteers from We Build Community Evanston repaired and
taught owners to fix bikes, appliances, jewelry, clothing, and
more in an effort to reuse and reduce waste.