Thank You!

Thank you for joining us for Food Disruptors — How Innovation and Sustainability Are Feeding Our Neighbors on May 23, 2023. We hope the panel discussion helped inform and inspire you around food justice for our most marginalized communities.

If you were unable to join us, please check out the virtual event video recording.

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Additional Resources

To learn more about the work of our panelists and breakout hosts, check out the links below:
• Asiaha Butler and R.A.G.E. (Residents Association of Greater Englewood)
• Dion Dawson’s Dion’s Chicago Dream
• Lt. Jermaine Harris’ work: National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition & Health and White House Challenge to End Hunger and Build Healthy Communities
• Ruby Ferguson’s work as the City of Chicago’s Food Equity Policy Lead and Greater Chicago Food Depository
• Matt DeMateo and New Life Centers’ Pan de Vida Food Distribution
• Ashley Friend and Vivery

Featured Panelists

Asiaha Butler
CEO & Co-Founder,
Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.)
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Dion Dawson
Dion’s Chicago Dream
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Lt. Jermaine Harris
Community Policing Lieutenant,
Chicago Police Department
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Ruby Ferguson, MS, MEd, RD, LDN
Food Equity Policy Lead, City of Chicago Mayor’s Office;
Senior Director of Strategic Relationships and Community Planning, Greater Chicago Food Depository
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