The International Rescue Committee’s New Roots program helps refugees become food secure and contribute to their new homes and communities. Since 2008, New Roots has helped new Americans to navigate their food resources, facilitated low-income families to enter urban agriculture, developed local food systems and community green space infrastructure, and provided a platform for youth and adults to build job and life skills.
Programs develop gardens, urban farms, and markets in 66 sites across 13 U.S. cities from Sacramento to New York. New Roots currently reaches over 8,400 people through innovative and strengths-based approaches that grow into long lasting changes for refugees and their communities. These initiatives use food as a vehicle for positive change and leverage the knowledge and power of IRC’s clients and partners to promote holistic health and wellness, new options for building livelihoods, and unique pathways for community integration.
To learn more, please contact IRC technical advisors for food security and agriculture Eugenia Gusev ([email protected]) and Aley Kent ([email protected]). You can donate to the IRC's work combatting food insecurity in the U.S. here.