Early last year Carri, the Food Justice Project Coordinator at TGRCNM, reached out hoping to partner with MoGro. The Food Justice Project uses a multifaceted approach to address food insecurity in the trans community. TGRCNM believes that food is political, and they are committed to reducing as many barriers to healthy food as possible. Difficulty accessing healthy food can negatively impact one's physical & mental health, which is why TGRCNM views food access as a harm reduction strategy. The center is the sole place through which some community members and clients can access food assistance of any kind. Each day there is a daily hot meal served, prepared by volunteers or staff members. Additionally, there is a small food pantry on-site, scheduled cooking and nutrition classes, and transportation to local food pantries. Staff members also help clients apply for SNAP benefits. The center is a MoGro pickup site with pickup times two days each week on Wednesday & Thursday. Check out our website for address & hours.
The Food Justice Project is just one of TGRCNM's many vital services. While some folks just drop in for a hot meal each day, there are countless services that the center offers. For example, free confidential HIV testing, weekly syringe exchanges, support groups, medical care, case management, and an open donation closet for items like clothes, and other necessities.
We feel lucky to be partnered with TGRCNM because the work that they do is crucial to reducing harm and providing support to transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender variant people in our communities. Check out their website for ways to get involved with the center, and for more information on the services they offer!