We work with nonprofits and for-profits throughout Chicago and beyond to align business practices with community building principles, and to lead projects that engage communities and address social issues.
For International Women's Day, Zuri spoke to women leaders about showing up in service to our communities and the world, radiantly—as opposed to burnt out and resentful. In planning, Zuri contributed expertise in engaging a range of communities to ensure an event that welcomed a diverse representation of womanhood.
Our team supports local and national efforts to align hospital procurement practices with the Good Food Purchasing Policy. Decision makers from Chicago area health systems and a host of stakeholders have been engaged to address long-standing barriers and explore opportunities for creating a more equitable supply chain.
In collaboration with the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI), we administered a learning collaborative for health-based and community organizations in Illinois to improve breast & chest feeding support in low- income, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ communities which are historically underserved by lactation support services.
To improve the communication and delivery of print and web informational materials, we helped TLC update the Perennial and How to Grow Card series and the Local Food Portal pages. We adjusted content to be cohesive and easily understood by both novices and experts. Recipes now include a range of cultural preparations.
Founded by Clinetta Pinex, Mikesha Russell, and Zuri Thompson, this initiative delivers meals, hosts community events, and partners with organizations to provide mothers and their families with a network of support.
"take it off my plate" is symbolic for both relieving someone of a responsibility and sharing abundance.
The Greater Chatham Initiative developed a meal delivery platform, Soul Delivered, to grow clientele for Black-owned food businesses on the 75th street business corridor.
The Doula Part conducted research to gauge interest in establishing recurring group lunchtime orders among corporate and community institutions.
We partnered with Chicago Birthworks Collective to provide lovingly prepared, nutritious meals to the moms and families they served with Love Packages during the summer of 2020. The overlapping health and racial pandemics hit Black families in Chicago especially hard so we crowdsourced capital to offer some relief.
In collaboration with Registered Dietician Nutritionist, Alicia "Chacha" Miller, we hosted moms of all varieties for an evening of relaxation & connection.
The Doula Part coordinated a day for former NBA player, Charles Oakley to feed food insecure Chicago residents during All-Star Weekend. Charles pulled up with delicious dishes he prepared and served them at veteran housing site, Veterans New Beginnings, and later at the South Loop Community Table weekly dinner.
Whether you're just getting started or need additional capacity to enhance your efforts, we're happy to explore how we can support you.