Community Garden and Annual Community Clean Up
Roberti Community House invites our neighbors to help us tend the community garden at the Holy Family Food Pantry. While families visit the pantry, we provide a fun distraction for the kids out in the community garden. We help engage them in planting and caring for the garden, provide crafts, and offer samples of foods from the gardens.
Every spring, we host our annual kick off to summer by cleaning up the gardens at RCH, the community garden at the Holy Family Food Pantry and Roberti Culinary Pathway. Numerous neighbors and volunteers join together to clean up and prepare the planting beds and gardens for planting. The work day is ended with a lunch feast prepared by our Roberti Culinary Pathway students.
Junior Green Youth Farm
The Junior Green Youth Farm provides middle-school age youth with the opportunity to learn about sustainable agricultural practices, healthy food preparation and the value of nutritional eating habits and exercise. The JGYF offers a daily hands-on gardening experience, cooking, art and yoga classes as well as various educational field trips. Team building and group activities are successfully integrated with individual goals so that youth gain self-confidence and interpersonal skills.
Through the donation of seeds, seedlings, and soil, Roberti Community House has successfully worked with and encouraged neighbors to grow their own fruits and vegetables in small family gardens or container pots. In collaboration with the University of Illinois Extension, we have provided neighbors with gardening workshops each spring.
Food Share Programs
Roberti Culinary Pathway is a key contributor to our sustainable community food system. We serve as a critical hub collecting fresh produce from area farms and grocery store partnerships. We not only connect the local community to nutrient dense food, we prepare, distribute and educate our recipients. Our ultimate objective is to improve health outcomes by long-term changes in access to fresh food in underserved communities.