Matthew 25

Matthew 25

Matthew 25, in nearby Cedar Rapids, is a local nonprofit organization with a variety of programs to strengthen neighborhoods, such as home repair, youth education, and food culture initiatives.

Their Cultivate Hope program is working to build sustainable, healthy communities by teaching kids and families how to grow, eat and preserve fresh, high quality food right in their own neighborhoods.

Matthew 25The program has established six school gardens at local schools and provides weekly garden related instruction— building community among classmates and helping students make meaningful and long-term contributions to their own health and their community through gardening.

With the support of numerous volunteers, Mathew 25 created Iowa’s first urban farm education center in 2012. The two-acre farm is located close to downtown Cedar Rapids on lots left empty when the houses were destroyed in the 2008 flood. Produce is grown pesticide- and herbicide-free.

This once devastated area now produces healthy food and helps build community on the Northwest side and in greater Cedar Rapids.

As part of our 2017 local donations, Frontier Co-op gave Matthew 25's Cultivate Hope program a grant of $35,000 for the construction of a greenhouse on their urban farm.

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