A few days ago FoodLab Detroit joined our partner, Institute of Policy Studies, to release a new report, “I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future.” This report is a call for those in power to see women of color in Detroit – who make up 91% of all women in the city – as sources of hope and changemakers in the city’s revitalization.
This report comes at a crucial moment, as Detroit grapples with better ways to support & empower vulnerable communities in the face of persistent poverty, structural racism, unequal access to capital, and chronic unemployment.
At FoodLab we've always been focused on creating a food-based inclusive economy, one where those most vulnerable and those living in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color - can fully participate, prosper, and benefit. That's why we're extremely proud that three FoodLab member businesses were profiled in the "I Dream Detroit" report - Detroit Vegan Soul, The Farmer's Hand and Just a Bit Eclectic. These businesses, owned by women of color, are socially-minded, their businesses are bringing a valuable product and service to Detroit's neighborhoods & they leverage their business for community uplift by hiring people traditionally denied access to jobs and young people in need of job training.
Ample evidence suggests that having a strategic focus on promoting, teaching and supporting women of color entrepreneurs in Detroit could have a big impact! I encourage you to read the report and help amplify this message and raise awareness that these women are doing amazing things and making contributions to the city.
I hope you'll also continue to support the work of FoodLab Detroit as we move forward with strengthening the infrastructure needed to support women of color who are using food entrepreneurship as a means to economic self-sufficiency, transformation and empowerment.