Northshore Magazine

November 2014

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The Women's Fund of Essex County is a community of women dedicated to creating social change for women and girls. Our vision is to empower all women and girls to reach their full potential. We raise funds and award grants to non-profit programs in Essex County that are changing the lives of women and girls in significant and sustainable ways. The Women's Business Alliance is comprised of women business owners committed to raising awareness of The Women's Fund throughout Essex County. WOMEN'S BUSINESS ALLIANCE MEMBERS A Happy Hostess, Peabody Alyse Gause Photography, Beverly Coastal Windows & Exteriors, Beverly Communica ons Ink, Prides Crossing Couture Planet, Lynn Indigo Blu Trading Company, Beverly J. Mode, Salem K. Marshall Design Inc., Wenham Kim Barnes Kimball, LLC, Wenham Klara Kelly Designs, Marblehead Kris na Cres n Design LLC, Manchester Kyla Salon, Gloucester Luxebar, Peabody Madam Had'em, Marblehead & Manchester Maplewood Benefits, Prides Crossing Meg Erickson Handbags, Beverly Millennium Personal Spa, Beverly New Leaf Redesign, Marblehead Relish Catering & Events, Manchester Style Studio Photography, Manchester Zazou's Accessories, Wenham For membership information, please visit and click on Women's Business Alliance. The Women's Fund of Essex County is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation. WOMEN HELPING WOMEN agriculture and social justice. "I come from a suburban, very white community and had never really been exposed to all the different levels of the economic scale—that is another part of The Food Project that has had a very big impact on my life." She makes the point that in a typical teenager's day, there are few opportunities to learn about things like social justice, the value of diversity, and issues of oppression. "Because of The Food Project," notes Fibb, "I've gained perspective on diversity as a whole and the impact it can have on different people…. I think I have been given an awesome opportunity. Most people from the town that I live in really have no exposure to [diversity]. It's been eye-opening." Fibb shares her fondest memory of The Food Project to date, describing a scene at Open Door, a homeless shelter in Gloucester. She and another youth were rolling out pizza dough. "We were in the kitchen, prepping for a meal that we were going to eat together as a crew, and there was just this shift from being friendly, but not that close, to having the experience of cooking the food that we had grown on the farm together for a meal that we would all share." Today, on her bedroom wall, there hangs a photo of that memory—two girls covered in flour, laughing. "It was one of those mo- ments that just changed my relationship with my [now-good] friend and with The Food Project," says Fibb. "Relationships can be built around food." ● n Enterprise ne 104 Youth in Action To get a real feel for The Food Project, spend a few minutes watching one of their online videos. In "A Convenient Injustice," young people share their thoughts on whether or not access to healthy food is a human right. All agree: It is. They consider affordability and explore the repercussions of poorer quality foods. After looking at many sides of the issue, they recommend action items "for how to make a difference going forward." Solid Crew: The Food Project is about much more than growing food.

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