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DeKalb, IL, SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 — DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) and its partners, in DeKalb, IL has been selected as one of 50 members of the HealthyCommunity50 in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to receive a $10,000 community seed award. By participating in the Challenge, DCCG is in the running to receive a prize that will support their local program, the Grow-mobile.
The Challenge, a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, launched in April during National Public Health Week. The Challenge will award $1.5 million in prizes to small and mid-sized cities, counties and federally-recognized tribes that are able to show measurable change over the course of several years working with cross-sector partnerships to implement health innovations and data-driven solutions. Hundreds of city governments, local municipalities, health departments, educational institutions and other public/private entities applied to be a part of the Challenge.
Through the Challenge, DeKalb County Community Gardens and its partners will implement a pop-up food market and education center called the Grow-mobile. The project comes at a critical time for DeKalb County, as many of its residents live in food deserts and face food insecurity.
DCCG is pursuing this project in support of the following community partners; Northern Illinois University, Public Health Department, Northwestern Medicine/Kishwaukee Health System, Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb County, The DeKalb County Community Action Office, The DeKalb County Health Department, Live Healthy DeKalb County, The City of DeKalb.