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Opening Day Rally

 
 
BOSTON MAYOR MARTIN J. WALSH TO GIVE KEYNOTE
AT 
THE FOOD PROJECT’S SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM LAUNCH RALLY

 
  
EVENT ADVISORY:                                                                       
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Charu Gupta
cgupta@thefoodproject.org
781-259-8621, EXT. 30






BOSTON—The Food Project will launch its summer youth employment programs at an Opening Day Rally at Copley Square on Friday, July 11. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will give the keynote address. The Food Project’s programs engage nearly 100 high-school age students in meaningful work on urban and suburban farms to grow fresh produce and distribute it at hunger relief organizations and subsidized farmers markets that also accept SNAP benefits. Speakers will also include Executive Director Selvin Chambers and employed youth.
 
The Food Project’s youth programs are paid work opportunities based in food justice and engage youth and community members to directly impact food access issues in under-served communities. Our unique curriculum is designed around a regional model of growing and distributing food. Our youth workers help make an impact towards the larger goal of building a sustainable and equitable local food system.
 
This summer, our youth come from close to 30 cities across Eastern Massachusetts. Sixty percent are from urban communities, 40 percent from suburban. Nearly 65 percent identify as a person of color.
 
Greater Boston Cities: Acton, Arlington, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Framingham, Jamaica Plain, Lincoln, Marlborough, Mattapan, Newtown, Newton Center, Roslindale, Roxbury, Somerville, South Boston, Wayland, Wellesley.
 
North Shore Cities: Beverly, Ipswich, Lynn, Lynnfield, Peabody, Salem, Swampscott.
 
WHO:

 
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Executive Director Selvin Chambers
Youth employed by The Food Project
WHAT: Opening Day Rally
WHERE: Copley Square, 560 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
WHEN: Friday, July 11, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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