Our work means fresh food and beyond.
Who are we?
We are a young team based in Hyde Park that believes in the power of food as medicine and that eating fresh is a basic human right. We are striving every day for our vision of equitable access to fresh produce.
What are we doing?
Building Infrastructure for Equitable Food Access:
Many neighborhoods in the U.S. and especially here in Chicago still do not have equitable access to fresh food and grocery stores.
KitcheNet's mission is to remove the barriers to healthy eating that exist due to institutional reasons by creating delivery hubs where we bring fresh fruits and vegetables from near these communities directly into these communities. By easing the pathway to regular healthy eating, we are taking the steps to empower community members to own their individual narratives around healthy eating.
Creating Relevant Food Education:
Teaching nutritional education and cooking skills are a powerful tool. For chronic disease patients, it means managing their condition; for busy professionals, it means motivation to maintain a healthy diet.
Improving Community Health:
According to the CDC, chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems. Poor dietary nutrition and management is pointed to as a significant contributor to these diseases. By building a better fresh food infrastructure, and increasing food education, we can support healthy families, happy workplaces, and healthy communities.
Where are we trying to go?
We started in Englewood, with Kennedy-King College as our flagship location. Since then we have moved into non-profits in the Englewood area, Hyde Park, Bronzeville, and Back of the Yards. We are looking to grow our hubs every week.