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.
As of 2021, the IRC has a network of more than 62 New Roots gardens, farms and markets across ten U.S. cities, where more than 5,000 people a year grow, prepare, share, buy, and sell local, healthy foods in 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 (eugenia.gusev [at] rescue.org) and Aley Kent (aley.kent [at] rescue.org). You can donate to the IRC's work combatting food insecurity in the U.S. here.