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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago


Lake County

Focus Areas:

  • Food Access
  • Nutrition / Food / Gardening Education

Organization Mission:

Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent, and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families, and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.


The Garden Project is a local community garden of Catholic Charities’ Lake County Services, located outside of the main office at 671 S. Lewis Avenue in Waukegan. Fresh fruits and vegetables are grown in the garden, and when harvested, are contributed to Catholic Charities’ Emergency Food Pantry and Care Cupboard. The produce is distributed to those who come to the two food pantries, helping to supplement the food they receive and increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The Garden Project is maintained by Catholic Charities’ Lake County Services staff and community volunteers.

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