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Farmers, Fables & Feasts a huge success

On Wednesday May 6, The Food Project hosted its annual benefit Farmers, Fables & Feasts at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter. The event, which raised over $250,000, brought together a room full of supporters, youth and staff for an exciting evening of delicious food, inspiring stories from The Food Project’s Root Crew youth Julia and Gaurav, and a lively auction with Billy Costa, host of NESN's Dining Playbook.

Pictured are youth speaker Gaurav Dangol, J. Harrison, executive director of The Food Project, Linda McQuillan, co-chair, honoree Byron Hurt, Dylan Sanders, board chair, and Julia Fibbe, youth speaker.


The Food Project honored Byron Hurt—documentary filmmaker and activist —with its Leadership Award which acknowledges change-makers whose work and vision within the food movement impacts our communities, food infrastructure, and environment. Byron showed a clip from his film "Soul Food Junkies" which won the CNN Best Documentary award at the American Black Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City. In the film, Byron examines the complex history of soul food and highlights issues of health food access and the emerging food justice movement mobilizing across the country. 

A huge thank you to this year’s sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Linda and Bill McQuillan. Master Gardeners: Cooley LLP, Gourmet Caterers, Lenore and George Travis. Greenhouse Keepers: Boston Urban Partners, LLC, Annalisa and Dino Di Palma, Fresh Pond Capital/Reynders McVeigh Capital Management, LLC, Lahey Health, Stacey and Larry Lucchino, New England Biolabs, Inc., Northeastern University, The Osprey Foundation. Seed Sowers: Arjuna Capital, Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management, Cambridge Trust Company, Danny Chin, Amanda Dean, Margaret Leipsitz and Matthew Yarmolinsky, John and Jill Preotle, Prue Strategies, Inc., Janet Selcer and Joel Schwartz. Tillers of the Soil: Ann and Jared Chase, Eastern Bank, Beverly Gee and Manu Daftary, Rimma Gluzman, Gordon Hall and Linda Hall, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation, Tom and Kim Litle, Amelie L. Ratliff, Polly and Brock Reeve, and Dylan and Bea Sanders.

Proceeds from the event support The Food Project’s youth programming, sustainable agriculture on urban and suburban farms, and distribution of healthy food to communities in need in Greater Boston and on the North Shore.  

The Food Project is grateful for the event committee and volunteers who made the event such an enormous success.  

View photos on our Facebook page and online, watch for links to the video, presentations by Julia and Gaurav and more photos in upcoming posts! 


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