Help us meet the Sustainable CT challenge!

Expansion and improvements to Charter Oak’s groundbreaking EATS OF THE STREET container gardens will help us feed and employ more people than ever. Give to ensure others do not go hungry and your gift will be matched!


Charter Oak Cultural Center’s innovative EATS OF THE STREET program is an innovative 360-degree program that:

  • Places and maintains container gardens and hydroponic systems on Hartford streets.
  • Provides nourishing vegetables to Hartford residents at no cost to those in need.
  • Trains and pays people who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness to maintain our container gardens.
  • Engages Hartford artists to festively paint the container gardens, thereby beautifying our neighborhoods with public art.
  • Provides grow-at-home mini-hydroponic systems for Hartford youth to cultivate their own healthy vegetables and have fun while learning about the importance of good nutrition.


With this matching grant from Sustainable CT, EATS OF THE STREET will be able to:

  • ​Build wire arbors on many of our existing container gardens, allowing each pot to grow more food.
  • Expand hours and salary for our program manager to cover installation and maintenance of the wire arbors.
  • Employ 5 additional workers, individuals who are currently experiencing or recently have experienced homelessness.


We increase our output by 1,000 lbs of new food — all available to Hartford residents at no charge — to a total output of 3 1/2 TONS of fresh, healthy vegetables! 



Thanks to Sustainable CT, you can help us feed more and employ more Hartford residents this summer! If Charter Oak Cultural Center can raise $7,500, we can unlock the full Sustainable CT matching grant for a total of $15,000!

​To learn more about EATS OF THE STREET, watch this video! 

Please consider making a gift today, enabling us to continue working toward ending homelessness and hunger in our city. You can make your gift by clicking the DONATE NOW button below and designating your gift to the Eats of the Street Challenge.

GIVING LEVELS: Don’t forget that your gift receives DOUBLE the impact with the Sustainable CT matching challenge!

THE EARTH – $5 Donation (You can’t grow a garden without fertile soil!)

THE SEED – $10 Donation (Plant a seed that will feed Hartford!)

THE ROOTS – $25 Donation (Strong roots grow healthy vegetables!)

THE SHOOT – $50 Donation (A seedling signaling life!)

THE LEAVES – $100 Donation (Opening wide to the sun!)

THE FLOWER – $250 Donation (Happy faces for the world to see!)

THE PLANT – $500 Donation (Stretching rom the soil to the sky!)

THE GARDEN – $1,000 Donation (Our cornucopia overflows!)