Access to good food is a right, not a privilege. We're dedicated to making that right a reality for all Chicagoans. 1 in 6 people in Chicago regularly struggle to access nutritious food — we're working to make sure that great, locally- and sustainably-sourced food is available and accessible to all, no matter where you live or what you make.
GCM For All
Expanding access to nutritious, local, sustainably-produced food is one of the pillars of Green City Market's mission — that's why we welcome and triple match Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (also known as Link in Illinois or EBT nationally) at all our farmers' markets, thanks to our generous donors and our partnership with Experimental Station and their Link Up Illinois Program. When you spend $25 of Link with Green City Market, you automatically get $50 more to spend to make your benefits go further.
Green City Market’s SNAP matching is available both at our farmers' markets, GCM Lincoln Park and GCM West Loop.
Since 2012, Green City Market has partnered with food pantries like Nourishing Hope (formerly Lakeview Pantry) and the Love Fridge to recover food grown by local, sustainable farmers and provide it to Chicagoans facing food insecurity all over the city. Since 2020, Green City Market has supplemented these donations with produce grown in our 5,000 square foot teaching garden.
At the end of each market, our farmers donate unsold produce, herbs, meats, eggs, dairy products, bread, and non-perishable items — food that otherwise may have gone to waste — directly to feed our neighbors facing food insecurity.
In a country where 80 billion pounds of food are wasted each year while more than 35 million people experience hunger, Green City Market is committed to recovering quality food before it ends up in the landfill (or the compost bin) and directing it to those who need it most.
Farm to food bank pilot
Farm to Food Bank, made possible by Feeding Illinois, connects food banks with farmers who vend at Green City Market to purchase products like fruits, vegetables, cheese, milk, meat, and eggs directly from farmers. The program is designed to fortify existing donations and serve as risk mitigation for local, sustainable farms by offering compensation for the produce that isn’t already being harvested, sold, or donated.
Farm to Food Bank is building a long-term market and infrastructure for Illinois farmers and Illinois food banks; Green City Market is excited to pilot this program in the 2022 season to support this work.
We're a market on a mission! Here's what our community of supporters makes possible:
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Green City Market is a 501c3 nonprofit that depends on folks like you to operate the food access programs that serve hundreds of people across Chicago.
With your support, we can create a city where nutritious, local, sustainably-grown food is a right, not a luxury. Give today and join our community of donors committed to achieving food security for all in Chicago.