Galapagos believes that it is important to address a variety of needs when preparing a scholar to begin and succeed on their road to college. Nutrition and access to consistent, healthy foods is crucial in the development and health of all children. That is why Galapagos takes food security issues within the school community as well as the community at large extremely seriously. While our main purpose is to educate, we are working hard to expand our food programming options to be as responsive as possible.
Galapagos Food Pantry
That is why we are excited to let you know about our Grand Opening of the Galapagos Food Pantry.
The next food pantry is May 17, 2023.
The pantry is located at our Lower Academy campus at 2605 School St., Rockford, IL 61101.
The pantry is open from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. The pantry is open to all Galapagos families and all residents of Rockford.
Masks and social distancing are required. Read about the food pantry here in the Rockford Register Star. See our food pantry here on WREX Channel 13. If you can’t make one of our food pantry dates, pllease consider one of these mobile sites: Mobile Market – June 3 2023 , Mobile Market – June 6 2023, Mobile Market – June 7 2023 , Mobile Market – June 17 2023 , Mobile Market – June 20 2023
Other Current Food Programming
Backpack Food Program-
Galapagos is proud to offer backpacks of food for qualifying scholars to supplement their meals over the weekends. Currently, GRCS provides twenty scholars with backpacks full of food every Friday. This service is very limited but if you feel that you have the need, please contact our social worker Deanna Hull at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Galapagos opened its community garden in the spring/summer of 2021. We are excited to continue this program in 2022. Interested families and community members may request a garden plot by emailing Ms. Mirela Gavric at email@example.com for more information. Each family will receive seedlings and access to their own garden, water and tools. This is a great way to enjoy fresh produce throughout the summer.
Galapagos Farms (GRCS Greenhouse)
GRCS is excited to announce that our greenhouse at the Upper Academy is now fully operable. In February 2023 we harvested our first crop, albeit a small one, of spinach. We are excited to announce that this first harvest went to our food pantry to be enjoyed by our community.
Do you know what hydroponics is?