Addressing Food Justice
From the time school buildings closed in March and through the summer, KIPP Chicago partnered with Gourmet Gorilla, a food distribution company that strives to obtain 70% of its ingredients from local, sustainable, and organic purveyors, to provide meals for all students across the region. Over that period of time, families received 10 days of breakfast and lunch per each school age child in the household every 2 weeks. In total, 2,000 healthy meals were delivered to KIPP Chicago families. The delivery process was safe and efficient and we’re so grateful for the continued support and service from Gourmet Gorilla. As CPS will continue food distribution for students and families this fall, our partnership with Gourmet Gorilla will not continue.
Native Tongue + KIPP Academy Chicago
Native Tongue Magazine is a free food magazine that promotes food literacy through tailored recipes, cooking techniques, and educational content (more on Native Tongue below under ‘Resources’). We were excited to see the duo behind Native Tongue, Karen and Archie Reyes, team up with KIPP Academy Chicago (KAC) and Girls are p.e.a.r.l.s, an organization run by KAC 7th grade teacher, Sameka Gates, to host a Back-to-School Giveaway on September 2nd and September 5th. The outdoor event featured voter registration, a produce giveaway, free COVID testing, free tacos from Taco Sublime, and more. We are continuing our partnership with Native Tongue and we look forward to the myriad ways we can work together to support food education, literacy, and access for our students and families.
Native Tongue Magazine is a free food magazine that promotes food literacy through tailored recipes, cooking techniques, and educational content. Food literacy is understanding the framework of food and the many details that come with it: How should we cook food? Who sells healthy food? Where does my food come from? What are healthy foods? Native Tongue helps educate the community by providing valuable information about healthy eating, showcasing delicious recipes that feature affordable and accessible foods, and spotlighting community heroes and organizations making a difference through food.