Little Black Dress Initiative kicks off; Raises food desert and poverty awareness in Peoria

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PEORIA, Ill. — The Junior League of Peoria is starting its week long Little Black Dress Initiative.

LBDI is a campaign that uses a black dress, or any other black clothing, to raise awareness to the effects that poverty has on the area.

Organizers say Peoria “is home to the 2nd most economically distressed zip code in Illinois.”

Advocates also encourage healthy recipes and programs for kids and families.

On Sunday, the group held a kick off brunch for its week of festivities.

All week, advocates will be wearing black clothing, with a button, to bring attention to the cause.

“A lot of people in Peoria don’t realize what’s going on in just their back corner, that there’s people, they can’t just go to Walmart and buy stuff. They either have to take three buses to go get food, and they have to carry all of those bags for an entire family,” said fund development committee chair Tess Lough.

Lough says it only takes a $10 donation to feed a family of four and $35 to stock a school food pantry for a week.

On Monday, Junior League is hosting a healthy recipe cooking class at Sous Chef Grocery Store from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, there is a happy hour social at the Hult Center for Healthy Living from 5 to 7 p.m.

On Thursday, there is a paint social at FiredUP from 4 to 7 p.m.

On Friday, there is a coffee social at Zion Coffee from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Junior League of Peoria will be accepting donations all week at events, or online.

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