Urban Harvest STL nurtures community partnerships to expand the impact of our mission. Our partnerships ensure that the healthy food we grow gets into the hands of those who need it most in our community.
st. Louis metromarket
We collaborate with St. Louis MetroMarket, a mobile grocery store that brings local vegetables and other grocery staples to low-income neighborhoods with limited access to fresh produce. MetroMarket estimates that over 3,000 people in St. Louis food deserts will have access to healthy food through their “food bus” in 2016.
Through interactive cooking demonstrations done at the curbside, MetroMarket also serves as a catalyst to St. Louis families to incorporate healthy eating into their everyday lives. This collaboration bridges the gap between urban food deserts and healthy food sources.
THE FIT AND FOOD CONNECTION
The Fit & Food Connection (FAFC) provides healthy living resources through food assistance, physical fitness, and nutrition to families in need throughout Northern St. Louis city and county.
FAFC brings food and fitness together to enhance lives through programs such as group and individual fitness, nutrition programs and seminars, emergency groceries, food pantry, and community gardening.
Each Saturday we donate fresh vegetables from the FOOD ROOF Farm to FAFC. They create meals with the produce and deliver it to families in need, use it in cooking demonstrations, and deliver it through a subsidized CSA for families participating in their program.
ST. PATRICK CENTER
Through our partnership with St. Patrick Center, we grow, cultivate, and harvest food for donation to their McMurphy's Cafe. The Café is an employment training program for St. Patrick Center clients who are experiencing homelessness, and teaches them the necessary skills to acquire jobs in the food industry. In the first year of operations, the cafe trained 69 clients in all aspects of food service.
In 2015, Urban Harvest STL donated over 1,000 pounds of fresh, healthy food from the FOOD ROOF Farm to McMurphy's Café.
The flance early learning center
The Flance Early Learning Center is committed to providing innovative, quality care and education to a racially, culturally, developmentally, and socio-economically diverse population of children between the ages of six weeks and six years in a nurturing environment that provides supportive services to families.
Through our partnership with the Flance Center, we have transformed a vacant lot into an on-site, integrated community garden sourcing healthy, organic produce straight to the school cafeteria. We maintain and harvest 16 beds—each 10ft by 4ft—serving as an extension of our programming with volunteers and interns.