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Donesha J
1470 Clearaire Rd
(Glenville )
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the project

Project Title: Food for Thought Biography: Food for Thought is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 that is dedicated to addressing food insecurity in urban communities.

Our mission is to provide healthy and nutritious food to those who need it most, while also raising awareness about the root causes of food insecurity and advocating for systemic change through arts. 

Food for thought nourish the soul project  is an immersive arts and culture event that aims to foster creativity, inspire expression, and promote healthy nutrition within urban communities. By combining art, performance, and nutrition, this event seeks to create a unique platform for individuals to explore their artistic abilities while emphasizing the importance of a balanced diet for overall well-being.

  1. Fostering Artistic Expression: "Nourish the Soul" provides a platform for individuals, especially those in urban communities, to explore and express their artistic talents. It encourages creativity and self-expression, fostering a sense of empowerment and personal growth.

  2. Promoting Healthy Nutrition: By incorporating cooking demonstrations, interactive food stations, and nutritional workshops, the event educates attendees about the importance of a balanced diet. It helps participants make informed choices about their nutrition, leading to healthier lifestyles.

  3. Community Engagement: Through collaborative art projects and community involvement, the event strengthens the bond among urban residents. It promotes a sense of belonging and pride, creating a supportive and inclusive environment.

  4. Supporting Local Artists and Businesses: "Nourish the Soul" provides a platform for local artists, artisans, and businesses to showcase their talent and products. It encourages attendees to support the local economy, fostering growth and sustainability within the community.

  5. Cultural Appreciation: By celebrating diversity through performances, exhibits, and discussions, the event promotes cultural understanding and appreciation. It encourages dialogue and exchange of ideas, fostering a harmonious and inclusive society.

the steps

Timeline:  Month 1: Secure funding and partnerships with local food banks and grocery stores. Develop meal kit recipes and packaging. Month 2-3: Begin distribution of meal kits to families in identified urban communities. Conduct surveys and gather feedback from families to improve the program. Month 4-6: Host community events to provide education and resources on healthy eating and food budgeting. Expand the program to reach more families in need!

why we're doing it

Urban communities are full of food deserts! In order to get quality produce in our neighborhoods we would need to travel at least 20 miles

With our partnership and relationships with other community builders like,  Fresh Thyme, The Cleveland Food Bank, The Black Nurses Society, Smiles for Smiley Foundation and Feed the Soul CLE  we will be bringing fresh produce to The East Side Market parking lot where we will have a festival to inform and celebrate healthy choices presented during the event.

We are raising $2,000 for equipment, supplies, produce,and entertainment to make this day unforgettable and more interactive. 

After two years of doing this we are feeding these families and we have noticed that a lot of them pay attention to the information that comes with the food, but many of them are grabbing their produce and leaving. We need this event now because the information provided  will increase the longevity of our future leaders by making them stronger to fight off infectious disease and have a healthy mindset. 

So help us  by bringing awareness of healthier food options that will impact the lives of people of today and tomorrow by shifting the culture from hot fries to watermelons, from gummy worms to mangoes , soda pop to smoothies trickling down for generations to come. You are what you eat so why not be fruitful!


Final budget


Food Supplies: $1,200.00

School Supplies: $1,000.00

Event Logistics: $450.00

Volunteer Support: $250.00

Miscellaneous: $109.75

TOTAL RAISED = $3,060.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $50.25

Original budget

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee 5% N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee 3% $108.25
TOTAL TO RAISE $3,608.25

Budget items:

  • $500 - transportation and distribution costs
  • $1000 - staffing and administrative costs
  • $750 - community events and education resources
  • $250 - Work Samples + Descriptions of Meal Kit Recipe: Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe card with step-by-step instructions and nutritional information Package includes pre-measured ingredients, such as chicken, broccoli, peppers, and rice Focus on incorporating fresh and colorful vegetables for a well-rounded meal Nutrition Education Resource: MyPlate Informational handout on the USDA's MyPlate guide for healthy eating Includes tips for incorporating fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy into meals Visual aid for families to use when planning meals Food Budgeting Resource: Grocery Shopping on a Budget Brochure with tips for shopping on a budget, such as buying in bulk and using coupons Includes recipes that use affordable ingredients, such as canned beans and frozen vegetables
  • $1000 - Encourages families to plan meals in advance to reduce food waste and save money.     

Total: $3500 for food sourcing and packaging materials


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