Many northside neighborhoods of St. Louis are less likely to have simple amenities like supermarkets and have high concentrations of poverty due to institutional racial and economic segregation. Urban Harvest STL collaborates with local partners as part of a food access cluster to grow and distribute healthy food in these communities. With our partners, we aim to generate a more equitable food system through food access, advocacy, and education.
We donate much of our harvest to St. Patrick Center, a non-profit organization located two blocks from the FOOD ROOF that works to build permanent, positive change for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The Fit & Food Connection (FAFC) provides healthy living resources through food assistance, physical fitness, and nutrition to families in need throughout north St. Louis City and County. 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.
All of the fresh, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables grown at the Flance School Garden go back to the center for its free lunch program.