The Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club in north Minneapolis partners with The Humanity Alliance to reduce food insecurity in the Northside community—one of the many issues that has intensified for Club families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collaboration between Jerry Gamble and The Humanity Alliance provides critical access to nutrition to increase positive health outcomes, restore hope and dignity, build community, and explore solutions to food insecurity.
The Humanity Alliance offers two programs at Jerry Gamble: a student-inspired weekend meal kit, and a service-learning model. Friday evenings through Monday mornings, meals are delivered to Club families to cover the gap in their access to nutrition. 90% of the ingredients are rescued from food shelves or businesses with excess food, and over 24,000 meals have been served to-date with over 14 tons of food saved from being thrown away.
The service-learning model, centered on S.T.E.A.M. concepts, builds life skills and transfers knowledge around food systems and health outcomes. Interns and volunteers can help with the program year-round to expand food access to the community. The Humanity Alliance is also working to pilot a grocery store at Jerry Gamble to offer ongoing nutrition to families in need.
Partnerships like these can drastically change outcomes for families in Club communities. BGCTC is committed to providing youth and families with nutritious meals to ensure their ongoing needs are met during such a challenging time for our community!
For more information about The Humanity Alliance, please visit: https://youtu.be/4nq5uD63jzU