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Project Title
CHAMP Urban Farm Program
Assisting Sick and Abused Children
Chicago, IL

The Children Achieving Maximum Potential Program (CHAMP teaches “at risk”, poverty stricken children in one of Chicago’s most economically challenged areas (Cabrini Green) how to help themselves by growing food to assist in feeding themselves and others by learning how to work together. The grant provides camp supplies (including healthy meals and snacks) and equipment to help provide for the safe haven of an urban farm in conjunction with after school and summer activities. This camp program allows “at risk” children to explore food production and healthy nutrition while still focusing upon academic achievement through a blend of creative arts, applied science and environmental stewardship. The “farm” has also become a “safe haven” from street gangs that inhabit the area.