City of Geneva helps Food Justice find home

A nonprofit organization that gleans produce at local farms and distributes it at no cost to people in need has a permanent home.

Last week, City Council approved a $20,134 allocation to the organization, which includes, among other things, funds for a walk-in cooler and rental money for space at the Geneva Enterprise Development Center.

The unanimous approval of funds for Food Justice comes a month after organization founder and co-chair Henry Faro came before Council. At the meeting an emotional Faro criticized an intern-produced food-access report that stated that the city had formed the agency. He also cited what he felt was a lack of understanding and appreciation for the role the agency has played in helping to deliver fresh produce to those in need — in particular, those in the Geneva Foundry contamination zone.

Acting City Manager Sage Gerling apologized for the mistake in the report during the April meeting.

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