“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
People living in a "food desert" in North Lawndale hoped they'd be able to get basic necessities from a new corner store (left). But the store ended up being a TV set, and this week the set dumped its props — including food and cleaning supplies -- into the garbage. View Full CaptionCourtesy Frank Bergh, Kimberly Camacho and Jayleen SandovalCHICAGO — A set for a TV show that looked like a corner store stirred false hope in neighbors living in a West Side food desert — and then the show threw out a dumpster's worth of food and household supplies that decorated the make-believe shop, residents said.With no grocery stores available for many people in the area, and unwilling to let the items go to waste, North Lawndale residents helped each other pick through the dumpster Monday so they could bring home food to their families.The set at 19th Street and Kedzie Avenue led to frustration in the neighborhood this summer when residents mistook it for a real corner store, a much-needed b...
People living in a "food desert" in North Lawndale hoped they'd be able to get basic necessities from a new corner store (left). But the store ended up being a TV set, and this week the set dumped its props — including food and cleaning supplies — into the garbage. View Full CaptionCourtesy Frank Bergh, Kimberly Camacho and Jayleen SandovalCHICAGO — A representative of the upcoming Showtime series "The Chi" that's caught flak for throwing away a dumpster full of food and household items in a West Side food desert says the food had expired and wasn't safe to eat.But neighbors, who picked through the dumpster to find items they could bring home to their families, said that's not true and again questioned why the food wasn't donated.The set at 19th Street and Kedzie Avenue was designed to look like a corner store and had been in use since at least mid-June. Filming finished, and the set's very real props apparently were thrown out Monday.Jayleen Sandoval and her roommate, Kimberly Cama...
A lot of teenagers have never been downtown or to the Lake. Their whole worldview is shaped by the infrastructure of their neighborhoods like North Lawndale or Englewood.”This is a first time partnership with both organizations. Myers said Chicago Cares is also in conversation with Local Initiatives Support Corporation, which is based in Chicago. “They manage a large lots program in the city,” Myers said. “They are looking to find out how residents who purchase lots from the city can repurpose them so that “it’s attractive and an asset to the community.”Chicago Cares in years past has conducted service projects in the neighborhood.Each year they host a major volunteer event, serve-a-thon, where they renovate schools. Myers said some of the schools have been in Woodlawn. Currently, they are working on a mosaic mural installation with Green Star Movement for the Metra Underpass, as well as in the Dorchester community garden. About 250 to 300 volunteers are expected for the event, which kicks off at 8 a.m.Members of the Jackson Park Advisory Council and Green Star Movement will also be volunteering on Saturday.To find out more information visit firstname.lastname@example.org ... (Hyde Park Herald)