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Delaware First Lady Visits The Food Project

(left to right, from center) Mrs. Markell, Secretary Kee, and Ms. Willauer ask questions while stopping for a warm and inspiring visit to TFP's new greenhouse.
(left to right, from center) Mrs. Markell, Secretary Kee, and Ms. Willauer ask questions while stopping for a warm and inspiring visit to TFP's new greenhouse.
Braving the blustery cold of an early winter’s day, Carla Markell, the first lady of Delaware, led a delegation of government, banking, and community leaders on a visit of The Food Project’s Boston growing sites. A diverse complement of TFP staff and youth alumni greeted our guests on the morning of December 8, giving them a good look at what makes us so effective. By all accounts, we made quite an impression.

“The young leaders at The Food Project provide inspiration to all of us,” said Mrs. Markell. “We are grateful for the time the staff and youth leaders gave us and deeply value the ability to share ideas and learn from the great example The Food Project sets.”

Mrs. Markell was accompanied by Delaware Secretary of Agriculture of Ed Kee, Jocelyn Stewart of Barclays Bank, Christian Willauer of Cornerstone West, and Carolyn Gordon of West End Neighborhood House. The Food Project contingent was led by Executive Director Margaret Williams, with John Wang, Kathleen Banfield, Jess Liborio, Danielle Andrews, Lakeisha Gerald, and J Harrison also contributing. Youth alumni David Hicks, Lily Martinez, and Jamila Kibirige explained what drew them to The Food Project and the impact their experiences continue to make on their lives.

Our visitors had a chance to ask plenty of questions leading to a lively discussion over lunch with Food Project alumni and staff.
Our visitors had a chance to ask plenty of questions leading to a lively discussion over lunch with Food Project alumni and staff.
The visit with The Food Project was part of a day-long itinerary for the delegation, which started the morning at Haley House. TFP and Haley House teamed up this past summer to present a luncheon for governors’ spouses at the annual conference of the National Governors Association, held in Boston. We made such an impact on Mrs. Markell that she followed up and requested this visit as part of a fact-finding effort.

Our friends in Delaware hope to build community programs that combine agriculture, youth development, and healthy nutrition. We were happy to share our experiences with them!

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