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Volunteers at Star Farm pack bags of fresh produce, purchased from small farms, to be delivered for free to South Side residents through the Market Box program. (Davon Clark)

Each week, 200 South Side households receive a free delivery of fresh produce, thanks to a collaboration between Star Farm and Experimental Station. To keep the program running through October, organizers need to raise $20,000.

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The aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico in September 2017. (WTTW News via CNN)

Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, the U.S. territory has suffered greatly. Hundreds of Puerto Ricans who made the wrenching decision to move to Chicago after the hurricane have also struggled to recover.

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(The Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division / Facebook)

The unmistakable sound of the Salvation Army’s bell-ringers could be heard Monday morning along Michigan Avenue as the organization announced an unprecedented September kickoff to its annual Red Kettle fundraiser.

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Southside Blooms grows it own flowers, on farms in Englewood, West Woodlawn and West Garfield Park. (Southside Blooms / Facebook)

These days, buying flowers might seem like the very definition of a nonessential luxury purchase. But dozens of struggling nonprofits are in fact relying on flower sales to fund the vital social services they provide.

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(WTTW News)

As part of our series COVID-19 Across Chicago, we speak with Rami Nashashibi, executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network.

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Asiaha Butler of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (WTTW News)

We check in with Asiaha Butler, executive director of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) as part of our series, COVID-19 Across Chicago.

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The Roseland neighborhood in Chicago. (WTTW News)

The COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown has hit hard in Chicago communities that have historically suffered from disinvestment and crime, including the Far South Side communities of Roseland and Pullman.

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The Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently highlighted the high rate of COVID-19 in Latino communities. As part of our reporting series, we spent the day in a predominantly Latino neighborhood on the city’s Near West Side.

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Rogers Park Community Response Team in action. (WTTW News)

When the coronavirus shut down much of the economy in early March, the Rogers Park Community Response Team was formed. How the group is addressing the needs of residents during the pandemic.

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The city of Waukegan, Illinois. (WTTW News)

The Urban Muslim Minority Alliance has been working to help Lake County residents get out of poverty since 2004 with GED classes, job preparedness training, a food pantry and more.

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Star Farm in Back of the Yards makes up for in ambition what it lacks in size. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Star Farm in Back of the Yards makes up for in ambition what it lacks in size. Founder Stephanie Dunn’s mission is to use urban agriculture as the means of creating a healthier, more resilient community. 

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The Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation (Quinn Myers / WTTW News)

Home to many seniors and essential workers, Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side has seen a disproportionately high rate of COVID-19 infections.

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Patrick Brosnan (WTTW News)

The Brighton Park Neighborhood Council provides a wide range of social services and programming on Chicago’s Southwest Side. We learn how it’s adjusting to community needs sparked by the pandemic.

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Wiley Alexander, of Chicago, speaks to Lakeview Food Pantry volunteers at Wrigley Field’s temporary food pantry site on April 18, 2020. Alexander says he was laid off amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

One of America’s most iconic baseball parks is doubling as a food pantry as a growing number of Chicagoans struggle to provide for themselves and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wrigley Field should be stirring to life this week. But with the baseball season postponed indefinitely by the coronavirus pandemic, the Friendly Confines will instead welcome a temporary outpost of the Lakeview Pantry. 

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Urban Growers Collective co-founder Erika Allen, right, and staff sort through seeds inside the geodesic dome at the nonprofit’s South Chicago farm. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

The nonprofit Urban Growers Collective operates community farms on Chicago’s South Side, providing fresh produce to underserved neighborhoods with few to no nutritional food options.