Some 24 million people in America live in so-called food deserts, which lack access to fresh produce. Many of these people are part of low-income and minority groups, including refugees who have been granted sanctuary in the U.S. The International Rescue Committee’s New Roots program provides hundreds of resettled refugees with the land, tools and training they need to grow their fresh produce for themselves and their communities in the U.S.
An essential part of the IRC’s broader resettlement efforts, the New Roots program, enables refugees to reestablish their ties to the land, celebrate their heritage and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots—literally—in their new communities. Through community gardening, nutrition education and small-business farming, New Roots is giving refugee farmers the tools and training they need to grow healthy and affordable food and become self-sufficient. Across a network stretching from San Diego to the South Bronx, from Seattle to Wichita, refugees are revitalizing urban spaces, sharing their homegrown crops at neighborhood farmers markets and rebuilding local food systems. You can be a part of this effort by pledging to help grow New Roots!
Take the pledge to help grow New Roots, and help earn the IRC $10,000! Each pledge will earn $1 for New Roots, up to $10,000, from Newman’s Own Foundation.
I pledge to grow New Roots by:
Help the IRC meet their goal of 10,000 pledges for $10,000 by October 6! I will spread the word about New Roots by: