The AICP has a long-standing tradition of selecting a local charity to support in our host city each year. Through our fundraising efforts, our members have contributed over $50,000 to charities throughout the country. This year, the funds raised will be distributed equally between the local charity we have selected and AICP’s scholarship fund.
The AICP has found another gem of a charity to support in our host city of Miami, Florida, Health in the Hood. Combining education on the benefits of home grown, organic produce with the building of urban gardens, Health in the Hood is connecting communities to wellness.
About Health in the Hood
OUR MISSION: Our mission is to provide equal food access for all,
one community garden at a time.
OUR PURPOSE: Health in the Hood connects our most food insecure communities to more nutritious food and healthier, happier lives.
THE HISTORY OF HEALTH IN THE HOOD: Founded by Executive Director, Asha Walker in 2013, Health in the Hood set out to connect communities to wellness with a simple idea – Local Vegetable Gardens to Feed and Inform Communities in Need.
We applied for funding, gathered community partners and constructed our first urban vegetable garden in Liberty City, Florida. Since then we have expanded to a network of nine urban farms and have distributed over 8,000 lbs of free fresh, local produce to families in need. Our programs include community driven urban farms, healthy living workshops and a mobile produce pantry.
By providing access to fresh foods and health education in low-income neighborhoods, we are putting children on the path to healthy futures, giving parents useful information and creating environments that make healthy choices easy.
HEALTH IN THE HOOD creates local food ecosystems to make healthy eating attainable, sustainable and fun!