Unilever Teams Up To bring fresh food to Chicago Community
Unilever and Family Dollar are teaming up with Gardeneers, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Chicago students in food desert communities equal access to healthy food and food education, and joining together with Luke O’Toole Elementary to bring fresh produce and nutritious meal ideas to the local community.
Gardeneers and Luke O’Toole students will hold a Farmers Markets at a local Family Dollar store to share with the community what they’ve harvested in their school garden. Community members are invited to stop by Family Dollar and purchase produce from the students to create nutritious meals for their families. Everyone who visits the Farmers Markets will also receive a recipe booklet and coupons to complete their meals with Unilever products from Family Dollar, and all proceeds from the Farmers Market will go back to funding the school’s garden.
Family Dollar Farmer’s Market Location:
Date: Friday, September 29
Location: Family Dollar Store
2610 W. 71st St
Chicago, IL 60629
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
One of the greatest challenges facing American cities today is that poor diets, driven by a lack of access to fresh food and knowledge on how to cook with fresh foods, can lead to adverse health outcomes. As a company with iconic brands, such as Hellmann’s, Knorr, Country Crock and Lipton, Unilever is committed to making a difference by helping to improve access to fresh food and education on how to cook with it. As part of our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, we commit to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.
Gardeneers is the only Chicago-based not profit providing full-service, customized school garden programs with on-going support. When schools lack the time and resources to sustain a garden program, they ensure their success. Their dedicated Garden Educators work directly with students on a weekly basis to help the school gardens and the students and communities who care for them, connect with healthy food and grow to their full potential.|
Unilever and Family Dollar are proud to support Gardeneers in their mission and to help provide the community with affordable, nutritious meal solutions.