Chicago nonprofit Urban Growers Collective has stepped up to fight food insecurity during the pandemic, distributing nearly a million pounds of produce to partner organizations across the city. UGC existed pre-pandemic but had a slightly different focus. “Our biggest pivot was from affordable sales of produce to hunger relief,” says Erika Allen, one of the co-founders. Almost as a testament to their purpose, UGC has been able to bolster its work and expand during the pandemic and the related compounding crises. “We just pivoted our sales, using the sales of people who come to the site and have no-contact pick up, and taking those dollars and using them to donate produce,” Allen said.

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