Food Support

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.

 

Operation Warm Coat Days

Yep, it’s January, and it’s bitter cold again.   We want to do our part to provide scholars’ as safe as a winter as possible.   GRCS currently has a limited supply of winter coats available to GRCS scholars.   We will try to meet all requests.   We will supply coats on a first come basis.

Winter Coats

GRCS has a limited number of winter coats available for current scholars. We will try our best to meet all needs but please be aware that supplies are limited and we may not be able to fulfill all requests.

Winter Coats

GRCS has a limited number of winter coats available for current scholars. We will try our best to meet all needs but please be aware that supplies are limited and we may not be able to fulfill all requests.

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 February 15, 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.  

Community Garden- Galapagos

Galapagos is excited, for the third year in a row., to offer plots at the GRCS community garden to Galapagos families and community members. Fill out the information below to express interest and learn more about the community garden.

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Operation Warm Wishes meal boxes are sold out for 2022.

in 2022, GRCS provided 150 food boxes, the equivalent of 1,200 meals over Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

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 dhull@galapagoscharter.org for more information.  

Community Garden-

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 by emailing Ms. Mirela Gavric at mgavric@galapagoscharter.org  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.

 

 

 

Coming Soon

GRCS is excited to announce that we are currently building a greenhouse at the Upper Academy.  We hope to use this new asset to support classrooms, after school program and even grow some food for our food pantry.  The two photos below are from Sept 2022 and Nov 2022.   We have even built an area to raise some chickens!

Past Food Programming

Winter Meal Boxes- In December 2021, we offered winter meal boxes consisting of 14 pound turkeys and hams along with all of the fixings.  We provided 50 Thanksgiving meal boxes consisting of the equivalent of 400 meals.  These boxes were made available exclusively to Galapagos families. 

Thanksgiving Meal Boxes- In November 2021, we offered Thanksgiving meal boxes consisting of 14 pound turkeys and all of the fixings.  We provided 56 Thanksgiving meal boxes consisting of the equivalent of 448 meals.  These boxes were made available exclusively to Galapagos families.   We hope to be able to provide a similar service for our families in 2022.

Truck to Trunk Food Boxes– In March of 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, we knew that many people were struggling.  People were scared, had lost their job or were in jeopardy of losing employment.   We knew we had to step up.   Therefore, GRCS partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Gourmet Gorilla to provide food staples to the Rockford community.  From March until August of 2020, GRCS provided over 4,500 boxes of food to Galapagos families and other families within the community.