International Rescue Committee (IRC)

New Roots: The food is local. The story is global.

As an essential part of our broader resettlement efforts, the New Roots program enables refugees to celebrate their heritage and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots—literally—in their new communities.

New Roots is about healthy families, secure communities and a more sustainable future. It’s about dignity, determination and the boundless possibility of human connection. And it’s about the power of people to heal and nurture positive change from the ground up.

In 22 U.S. cities, the IRC provides resettled refugees with the assistance they need to survive and thrive. Through New Roots and a range of other programs, we are helping them to establish a strong future for themselves, their communities and our world.

New Roots in Tucson

New Roots in Tucson helps refugees heal from the trauma of war by growing fresh produce for their families and community. With support from the Community Gardens of Tucson, the IRC operates two gardens that connect refugees to their new neighbors.  New Roots in Tucson also partners with local farms to create sustainable employment opportunities, and educates refugees about healthy eating and disease prevention.