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Food Fun(d)ing Fridays: Harvest Edition Pitch Fest


Join USAN (Urban Stewards Action Network for the fall 2019 Food Fun(d)ing Fridays: Harvest Edition Pitch Fest! During each quarterly edition of Food Fun(d)ing Fridays, we typically provide four awards, the top award being $1,000. However, for the first time ever, we aim to provide up to 8 awards! The 4 additional awards will be specifically for BIPOC-owned cannabis businesses.

What are Food Fun(d)ing Fridays?

Based on the Sunday Soup model, Food Fun(d)ing Fridays is a community event which gathers the public to learn about and support food-related projects in Chicago, in particular those led by communities of color. In exchange for a small donation and/or the ticket price, Food Fun(d)ing Fridays guests will enjoy healthy food and drinks, while listening to presentations by selected farmers and food vendor organizations. After the presentations, Food Fun(d)ing Friday guests vote on projects to fund. At the end of the event, the contest participant with the most votes gets the highest value prize.

About the Hosts

Food Fun(d)ing Fridays is organized by the Urban Stewards Action Network (USAN). USAN was officially formed in May of 2017 when Black and Brown leaders of the local food system in Chicago came together to cultivate connections, provide mutual support, and transform the food system across communities of color. USAN has been in the works for a number of years and has been supported by the Chicago Food Policy Action Council. Since its inception, USAN has lead with the values of transparency, integrity, innovation, creativity, cooperation, and celebrating the abundance of social and cultural assets. USAN is currently comprised of members from Grow Greater Englewood, Urban Growers Collective, Englewood Village Farmer's, Getting Grown Collective, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, as well as local farmers and community members