DeKalb County Community Garden’s 10K pound food giveaway: raising the bar for 2020 Giving Tuesday

DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) will be bringing critical attention to food insecurity in DeKalb County on Dec. 1, as they travel across the county giving away 10,000 pounds of food, according to a news release.

DCCG works to end hunger in DeKalb County 365 days of the year and 2020 has been no exception. In fact, DCCG has been working harder than ever to bring free food to countywide friends and neighbors including those who are adversely impacted by COVID-19. The costs of bringing free food to the community have more than quadrupled from 2019.

These additional food distributions are a demonstration of their mission to ensure no one goes hungry. Along with the planned food give-aways, DCCG hopes to raise $10,000 in Giving Tuesday donations. These goals are doubled from their successful Giving Tuesday efforts last year when DCCG gave away over 5,000 pounds of food and raised more than $5,000.

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. Giving Tuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 1, 2020, and throughout the year.

Throughout the day, the community can follow DCCG's day-long food give-away efforts via social media including Facebook and Instagram. To donate to anytime on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, simply text GIVEDCCG to 44321 or click the Donate button at www.dekalbgardens.org.

This year, DCCG will be taking not one but two Grow Mobiles the road on Giving Tuesday. Taking the wheel in Grow Mobile #1 will be DCCG directors Dan Kenney and Heather Edwards and in Grow Mobile #2 will be Elijah Saucedo (DCCG Community Food Needs Director) and Nathan Dettman (DCCG Lead Grower & Educator). Throughout the year the Grow Mobiles, DCCG’s mobile food pantries & education centers, are used for community food distributions open and free to all.

Fresh and non-perishable food will be distributed at the following locations:
• Kirkland, Kirkland Food Pantry
• Genoa, Genoa Area Community Food Hub
• DeKalb, Elder Care Services
• DeKalb, Safe Passage
• DeKalb, DeKalb, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 Twombly Road, 3 to 5 PM*
• DeKalb, New Suburban Apartments Office, 1400 Twombly Road, 4 to 6pm*
• Sandwich, St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 324 W. McKinley Street, 2 pm to 4 PM*
• Malta, Malta Historical Society, 127 N. Third Street, 4 to 6 PM*
* Indicates food distribution locations open to the general public.
2280 Bethany Road phone: 779.212.9543
DeKalb, IL 60115 email: info@dekalbgardens.org
www.dekalbgardens.org

“I am really excited to participate in an event like Giving Tuesday because it allows DCCG to distribute free food throughout the county all in a day’s work,” said Elijah Saucedo, DCCG Community Food Needs Director.

For more information about DCCG’s Giving Tuesday events, contact Jackie DiNatale, Communications (815.981.1744 or jdinatale@dekalbgardens.org. For more information about the Grow Mobile program, contact Elijah Saucedo, Community Food Needs Director, at esaucedo@dekalbgardens.org.

To view the online Grow Mobile calendar, go to: https://www.dekalbgardens.org/food-needs/.

DeKalb County Community Gardens is a local non-profit organization that takes an innovative approach to end hunger and food insecurity in DeKalb County by providing access to healthy, sustainable foods through community education and participation. DCCG works to end hunger in DeKalb County by growing thousands of pounds of sustainably grown produce each year for distribution to individuals and families in need.

In August 2020, DCCG reached a major milestone: the distribution of 1,000,000 pounds of food to DeKalb County residents. www.dekalbgardens.org.