Building local resilience involves building local organizations that provide services that hold communities together.
At Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick, New Jersey, food is more than charity—it’s a way to build connections in the community. Along with a soup kitchen, the nonprofit runs a workforce training program through which people can get vocational degrees in pastry baking or culinary arts, an urban agriculture space, cooking classes, a commercial kitchen for local food businesses, and Mercado Esperanza, a monthly community market where those business can sell their goods, and where local dance troupes and musicians perform.
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