The Bucket Brigade was founded in response to a crisis of food insecurity in the wake of the pandemic. Our mission is to promote food justice by delivering hot meals, packaged food, fresh produce, and other critical resources to households in need throughout Urbana-Champaign. The Bucket Brigade is supported by a network of community volunteers who affirm the health and dignity of the families we serve. To date, we have served over a thousand families (an average of 25 families/week), and the brigade is going strong. While a deliverable food-pantry is a service inspired by physical distancing, we believe that the extra care taken to deliver is something to continue well after the virus is gone. The extra bit of care involved in delivering illustrates our belief that all people have inherent worth and dignity, and all people deserve to know and feel food-security.
Place inside cooler next to front door entrance, off of N. Matthews Ave.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.