Chez Smith stands in the kitchen at the HOOD House in Greater Grand Crossing on Oct. 7, 2021. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHATHAM — A South Side nonprofit helping young parents get free groceries and diapers, and organizing a trip to a local store to teach parents about nutrition and healthy options — and you can help support the group’s efforts.

The Gyrls In The H.O.O.D. Foundation, which provides girls and young women with reproductive and sexual health education, is hosting the grocery store trip 12 p.m. Sunday, according to a flyer.

The event will help teach young parents how to navigate food options when they go shopping, according to the group. Participants will learn how to understand food labels, the importance of choosing healthier food options for themselves and their children, and how to maximize SNAP benefits, according to the flyer.

Participants will get $50, free groceries and diapers, and free transportation to and from the store, according to the flyer.

You can sign up here. For more information, email the foundation at

You can donate to Gyrls In The H.O.O.D via PayPal, Zelle at, Venmo @hoodlife or Cash App: @gyrlsnthehood.

The foundation, founded and run by Chez Smith, continually fundraises and organizes events to provide essential supplies, education and resources for young parents. H.O.O.D. stands for healthy, optimistic, outstanding, determined. 

Last year, Smith launched the H.O.O.D House aiming to provide stable housing for at-risk women ages 18-21.

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Atavia Reed is a reporter for Block Club Chicago, covering the Englewood, Auburn Gresham and Chatham neighborhoods. Twitter @ataviawrotethis