The Okra Project Grocery Fund
The Okra Project National and International Grocery Fund

The Okra Project is a partnership facilitated by Ianne Fields Stewart between Black Trans Solidarity Fund and Zaddy's Kitchen that aims to bring home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals to Black Trans People in New York City.

During the Middle Passage, our African ancestors snuck okra onto captive ships to sustain themselves and plant in the new world. Black Diasporic cooking traditions often use the okra plant for its versatility and is often associated with health, prosperity, and community.

In this spirit, The Okra Project hopes to extend delicious and nutritious meals to Black Trans people experiencing food insecurity. More than 20% of Black TGNC people are unemployed and nearly 42% live below the poverty line. For these reasons and many more, it can be difficult for Black TGNC people to get access to healthy and consistent meals, especially during the holiday season.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our national Grocery Fund as an initiative to expand our services beyond the NYC and Philadelphia area.

The Okra Project's Grocery Fund will only accept applications of non- NYC and Philadelphia residents since we will cater in person to them. We will provide a grocery stipend of $40 per person and 30 people will be serviced per month on average. Whoever we cannot provide for in that month will be first on the list for the following.
Although, for the month of May we will be accepting NYC and Philadelphia residents since we will be halting our catering service for the month in order to prepare for June. We will also be adding these residents to a waiting list for catered services in June, or any time after.

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