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Resiliency Bags

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, we pivoted our typical garden-based activities to the Resiliency Bags Program in order to maintain a strong and close connection to the families and children participating in our garden programs.

Many in our community have faced a myriad of challenges related to COVID-19, and Resiliency Bags was our way of responding to our most vulnerable community members. In mid-March 2020, our garden programs worked to address increased food insecurity through this project. With the help of volunteers, made up of dedicated faculty and staff, Resiliency Bags were delivered weekly to households throughout the San Jose area. Bags consisted of ForgeGarden-grown produce, pantry items, and family-friendly, environmental education-focused activities. We are so grateful for the time and financial support from our community that supported this important program. 

By the Numbers
The Resiliency Bags Program tackled food insecurity within our local community for 1.5 years.
lbs. of produce delivered
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021

    Resiliency Bags has donated, as of March 13, 2020, over 4,432 lbs. of produce to families and households in need. The content of our bags include Forge-grown produce, pantry items from the Gardner neighborhood corner store, and environmental education kits designed by BUG.

  • Monday, November 30, 2020

    We are seeking donations to purchase pantry items for our Resiliency Bags. Rather than shopping at big box stores, we buy items from local corner stores in the community where the bags are delivered. Give today!

  • Thursday, October 1, 2020

    So far, we've donated 2000+ lbs. of produce from our gardens and have included family activities. You can help us bolster the bags with pantry items through donations.