Chicago Solidarity Collective Wins $2.25 Million To Hire Formerly Incarcerated Black Chicagoans Into Workers’ Co-Ops

The Chicago Solidarity Collective — a joint effort by Urban Growers Collective, ChiFresh Kitchen, the Women’s Justice Institute, Grow Greater Englewood and Upside Down Consulting — won $2.25 million from JPMorgan Chase’s Annual Challenge competition.

Organizers will get the $2.25 million over three years, officials said at a news conference Wednesday at ChiFresh Kitchen, 400 E. 71st St. in Greater Grand Crossing. The money will help formerly incarcerated Chicagoans — particularly Black women — build wealth through collective business ownership.


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