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Formerly Incarcerated Women Create a Co-Op Solution to Emergency Food Needs Caused by Pandemic

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

Chicago, Illinois: A recent study shows 44 percent of formerly incarcerated Black women are unemployed, compared to 18 percent of formerly incarcerated white men.

Looking for a fresh start after being released from prison, four women created the commercial kitchen cooperative, ChiFresh Kitchen, cooking, baking and packaging hundreds of meals for delivery across Chicago.

ChiFresh Kitchen partners with Urban Growers Collective to meet emergency food needs caused by the pandemic. Since May, they have prepared and delivered thousands of freshly cooked meals to Chicago families experiencing food insecurity.

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