Monday, November 24, 2014

Dreaming Out Loud to Host "When Dreams Emerge: Building an Equitable Food System"

WASHINGTON, DC – Dreaming Out Loud, Inc., a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire and build a more ethical society through human development, community engagement and social enterprise, will host its third annual “When Dreams Emerge” fundraiser on Wednesday, December 3rd from 6-9pm at Pepco Edison Place Gallery in DC. The event’s theme is Building an Equitable Food System, highlighting the organization’s work to build an inclusive food system where everyone has access and opportunity.

Earlier this year BlackGivesBack profiled Dreaming Out Loud’s founder, Christopher Bradshaw, who honors his family legacy through urban farming.

The guest honoree for the evening is Andy Shallal, artist, activist, and founder of Busboys and Poets, who will speak on the changing landscape and impact of a sustainable, equitable food system. From fair labor standards, to responsible sourcing, and providing an inspiring space for ideas, he has made an indelible impression on DC and the regional food system. Guests will enjoy live music and entertainment, great food from DC Central Kitchen’s Fresh Start Catering and raffle prizes.

Founded in 2008, the organization was created in response to the educational and economic disparities in under-served urban communities. In 2014, Dreaming Out Loud has reached more than 10,000 people through Aya Community Markets, a network of farmers markets and mobile farm-stands that the organization founded and manages. The markets serve as a platform for improving community health and furthering community economic development while strengthening the regional food system.

The organization’s successes in 2014 also includes hosting eight youth from the DC Summer Youth Employment Program at their urban farm space, and advocacy for and implementation of the Produce Plus Program, a District government nutrition incentive program for low-income residents. Dreaming Out Loud’s approach to social innovation has been recognized through its selection as a finalist for Ashoka Changemakers’ Nutrients for All competition and numerous community awards.

RSVP for “When Dreams Emerge” today at

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