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Putting our plan into action

Food is community... Project Rooted is connecting kids to real food, from the ground up.

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"Here at Project Rooted we know that food is community, and it is a powerful tool that brings us together, shapes our values and memories, and empowers our communities. With this knowledge we believe that we can help shape the future of this community by the simple act of connecting kids to real food from the ground up."

- Whitney Sanger | Co-Founder, Project Rooted

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plan cONNECTION

One of the key principals of the Imagine Dubuque Comprehensive Plan is cultural vibrancy through healthy local foods - Project Rooted is an organization that supports that initiative in its purest form.

Plan Category: Social + Cultural Vibrancy
Sub-Category: Health
Recommendation: Promote in-school healthy food actions including school gardens, wellness, and exercise.

aBOUT PROJECT ROOTED

The mission of Project Rooted is to "Connect kids to real food from the ground up." Our goal is to fulfill this mission by creating a world where everyone has access to fresh local produce, connections to farmers and gardens and is living nourished lives in our schools, homes and community.

Project Rooted understands the importance of not only real food but also locally grown food as well. By purchasing and eating local it creates important economic opportunities, provides health benefits and helps to reduce environmental impact. Most importantly, local food creates a deep connection between community members.

We hope to even deeper that connection right here in the Dubuque Community through initiatives that connect kids and families to the food they eat. We plan on doing this through our innovative programs including Rooted Bucks, taste testing and curriculum for kids, gardening, healthy tips, recipes and so much more.

details

Year Started
2019

Project Status
Ongoing

Plan Category
Social + Cultural Vibrancy

Sub-Category
Health

Recommendation
Promote in-school healthy food actions including school gardens, wellness, and exercise.

partners

Convivium Urban Farmstead
Leslie Shalabi
leslie@convivium-dbq.com

Two by Two
Kristin Vaasen
kristin@twobytwoeducation.org

Resources Unite
Josh Jasper
josh@resourcesunite.com

Dubuque County Food Policy Council
Michaela Freiburger
michaela.freiburger@gmail.com

Gronen
Mary Gronen
(no-cost lunch program)

contact

Co-Founders
Whitney Sanger + Kevin Scharpf

Email
info@projectrooted.com

Phone

PRESS

"In recent weeks, thousands of children from throughout the tri-state area were told they could not return to the their classrooms, often with little notice. For many kids, that means more of dad’s PB and J and mom’s mac and cheese than usual. But for some families, a reliable, important source of nutrition for children suddenly was stripped away. So Sanger and company shifted gears..."

"The amount of community partnerships that we’ve been able to make has been absolutely incredible. We definitely want people to know that we came together to make a difference in the community, and we will continue to do that. Project Rooted will always be a non-profit and we’ll always be here.” - Whitney Sanger, Co-Founder | Project Rooted

 

Photos below by Down the Lane Photography

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