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Nourishing Change: Chicago Refugee Coalition

Nourishing Change: Chicago Refugee Coalition

 Photo by Mark Eqbal

Photo by Mark Eqbal

In every city that we deliver in, we partner with local nonprofits to help turn our produce into positive social change. We love taking the time to highlight the amazing nonprofits that we work with so you can show them some love and get involved too.

In Chicago, we’re are proud to support the work of the Chicago Refugee Coalition. The Chicago Refugee Coalition (CRC) works closely with the community to provide extensive resettlement services to individuals that are in need. We took some time to chat with Connor Mautner, CRC’s founder and international services director, to learn a little more about their work in the community and how you can support it.  

Imperfect Produce: What is CRC’s mission?

 Connor Mautner: There are currently 65 million refugees worldwide - mothers, fathers, and children who have lost everything and are trying to secure a better life away from the instability in their former homes. The Chicago Refugee Coalition’s mission is to provide a bridge to that better life for refugee communities through the alleviation human suffering through innovative research, advocacy, and community development.  

IP: How many people does CRC serve?

CM: The Chicago Refugee Coalition currently serves 140 people every week through our programming, and we are continuously seeking out those in need of our services.

IP: How has Imperfect impacted your reach?

CM: Imperfect Produce has truly taken our ability to reach the refugee community to the next level. Food insecurity is a constant in the lives of so many students that we work with at Sullivan High School, and the joyous looks on their faces as they receive days' worth of fresh produce is unforgettable. Because of Imperfect Produce's support, we now have the ability to spread that joy as far as possible.

IP: How can others get involved?

CM: One of the core tenets of our work is relatively simple: none of this work can be done alone. That is the reason for our coalition approach, and that is the reason that we are constantly seeking out new partners and volunteers to aid the refugee community. The Chicago Refugee Coalition is always seeking volunteers to assist with our programming, from providing food to families at Sullivan High School to tutoring in ESL and financial literacy. For more information on how to get involved with our volunteer opportunities, please visit our website at chicagorefugee.org or contact Connor Mautner at cmautner@chicagorefugee.org.

Thank you for reading and for your boundless support!


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