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75th Street Fresh Foods Market

75th St Fresh Foods Market reduces and eliminates one of the social determinants of health, food & nutrition by providing free, healthy food choices weekly that are not accessible or affordable in the local community, Greater grand Crossing and Chatham (60619), where there is not one “big chain grocery store.” 

 

75th St Fresh Foods Market provides a “shopper’s choice experience” to select from a wide variety of healthy food options while also serving as an opportunity to engage the local community on other services to reduce and eliminate other social detriments of health: employment services, career training and access to healthcare. Hundreds of households are served weekly, receiving approximately 35lbs of food: fruit, vegetables, dairy, grain, meat, vitamins, beverages and other items.

75th St Fresh Foods Market not only provides healthy food options to families while allowing money to be saved but also allows for families to experience healthy, balanced meals to improve physical health, reducing the likeliness of sickness and disease. All food is shared for FREE without consideration of income, citizenship, residency or identification – we have NO OBSTACLES and welcome everyone. As a community-based organization, we serve the entire community and not just a small population (everyone can use kindness).

NO ID REQUIREMENTS OR INQUIRY

NO RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS OR INQUIRY

NO INCOME REQUIREMENTS OR INQUIRY

NO CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS OR INQUIRY

NO LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

Simply Put, NO OBSTACLES.

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"The Kindness Campaign creates local leaders, involved community members, engaged businesses and at-promise young adults through leadership of impact initiatives."

Christopher Watts, Executive Director

2022 IMPACT

  • 600,000lbs+ of fresh, healthy food was shared for FREE in areas without easy or affordable access to fresh, healthy food

  • 500+ uninsured and underinsured residents accessed provider services from health organizations, including vaccinations, physicals and immunizations

  • 15,000+ community members received public health information and community resources to ensure equitable participation

  • 30+ primary school students participated in during-school, after-school and out-of-school initiatives focused on increasing academic achievement and community participation through social & emotional learning and service learning

  • 40+ community residents acquired skills to earn a living wage by completing and trainings, earning Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and OSHA credentials

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2021 IMPACT

  • Increased access to quality healthcare though a partnership with Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital if Chicago to have a mobile health unit serve underinsured and uninsured students

  • Moved towards health equity in the local community by deploying hyper-local strategies to confront the social and environmental factors that contribute to health and racial inequity – with the ultimate goal of closing Chicago’s racial life expectancy gap while serving as a Healthy Chicago Equity Zone community lead

  • Increased access to healthy food choices by sharing 500,000lbs+ of fresh, healthy food, positively impacting the healthy of the community; building stronger bodies while decreasing the negative impacts of an unhealthy diet: low energy, digestive discomfort, headaches and frequent colds

  • Created a welcoming community where 10,000+ local residents engaged in events that highlighted the sociocultural merits and talent of the community, including 75th St Music Madness, Back-To-School Block Party, Comedy For Cause and A Community Coming Together: Peace, Prayer & Prosperity, featuring The Civic Orchestra of Chicago with guest vocalist for a performance of original songs written by parents who have lost loved ones to gun violence

2020 IMPACT

  • 200,000 lbs + of fresh, healthy food was shared for FREE, positively impacting the health of community; building stronger bodies while decreasing negative impacts of an unhealthy diet:  low energy, digestive discomfort, headaches and frequent colds

  • Over 35,000 gourmet meals were served to homeless people and shelter residents through a partnership with The Chopping Block, Northwestern Memorial, McKinsey & Company and Pret A Manger

  • 7,500+ residents felt connected to and comfortable in the Auburn Gresham, Englewood and Greater Grand Crossing communities because of experiences at showcases that promoted local culture and talent: Performing Arts, Sports and Neighborhood Beautification

  • 15+ “at-promise, inspired young adults” continued their path to adulthood through service, education and employment in their community while developing knowledge, skills, values and motivation

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"Random acts of kindness have always been our model and sometimes people just pay it forward."

Christopher Watts, Executive Director

Upcoming Events

  • Apr 18, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM CDT
    The Kindness Campaign, 703 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619, USA
    75th St Fresh Foods Market provides a “shopper’s choice experience” to select from a wide variety of healthy food options while also serving as an opportunity to engage the local community on other services. Shoppers select an average of $100 worth of groceries per market, for FREE.
  • Apr 25, 2024, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    The Kindness Campaign, 701 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619, USA
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  • Apr 25, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM CDT
    The Kindness Campaign, 703 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619, USA
    75th St Fresh Foods Market provides a “shopper’s choice experience” to select from a wide variety of healthy food options while also serving as an opportunity to engage the local community on other services. Shoppers select an average of $100 worth of groceries per market, for FREE.

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