Our work

Upstream Works is gearing up for several exciting new projects in 2019. Keep an eye on this page for updates.


Upstream Works Projects



Upstream Works Collaborators Julia Katz and Mary Elbech have received two grants to implement Point4Health, a tactical urbanism project with residents of Durham’s West End neighborhood. Wayfinding signs, legacy gardens, and a painted crosswalk and pathway will connect older adults from DHIC’s Maplewood Square community to resources and cost savings at the Durham Co-op Market, located just 0.4 miles away.


Fiscally sponsored projects

Durham Bowls

Durham Bowls is a project by Food Insight Group. Durham-based chefs and School Nutrition Managers have teamed up to develop 10 unique and delicious recipes that meet the strict requirements of school nutrition programs. That means a tight budget, limited kitchen tools, and strict nutritional requirements. Each recipe features local ingredients and has been taste tested and approved by Durham students and families. All 10 Durham Bowls recipes are debuting on Durham Public Schools lunch menus in 2018-19.


Wake EEatS

The Everyone Eats at School (EEatS) model changes the paradigm in school food. Just like math and science classes, school lunch (prepared at school rather than brought from home) becomes a required part of the school day with the option to "opt-out" if needed. Food Insight Group is piloting the EEatS model with enhanced menus in one Wake County Public School. If successful, EEatS may support equitable health and educational outcomes for students, quality School Nutrition Services jobs, impactful food sourcing, food waste reduction, social cohesion, and increased individual- and community-level wellbeing.