International Rescue Committee
$500,000 | 2014
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps
people devastated by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their futures.
At work in 25 U.S. cities and more than three dozen countries, the IRC restores safety, dignity, and
hope to millions of families in need.
Each year, the IRC helps thousands of refugees who have been granted sanctuary in the United States to
rebuild their lives. As part of the IRC’s broader resettlement efforts, the New Roots program enables
refugees who have agrarian backgrounds and farming expertise to reestablish their ties to the land,
celebrate their heritage, and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots—literally—in
their new communities.
Through a grant from the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, the IRC has created a MicroProducer Academy that
is empowering more than ninety immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs in nine cities across the country.
Each participant is putting their agricultural skills to work by growing culturally diverse and affordable
produce in their new American communities. A subsequent grant is also enabling the IRC to pilot a food
justice curriculum for high schoolers in four cities. With Chipotle’s support, the IRC is working to cultivate
the next generation of conscious growers and consumers.