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The Food Project's Big Shindig

Celebrate the work you make possible empowering youth, strengthening local food systems and communities, and sustainably stewarding 70 acres of urban and suburban farm land in eastern Massachusetts. Join The Food Project community for an evening of youth storytelling, an exciting raffle and auction, and delicious food.

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St., Boston, MA
6 p.m. Cocktails 7 p.m. Dinner

Can't attend but still want to participate and support The Food Project? You can! Purchase raffle tickets online before the event - you don't have to be present to win.

Presenting Sponsors:

Linda and Bill McQuillan

Sponsoring the Big Shindig makes a BIG impact!

Your contribution supports transformative youth leadership; local, sustainable agriculture; increased access to fresh, healthy produce; and a more just, community-controlled food system in Greater Boston and the North Shore. Learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits here.

Sponsorships can be purchased via credit card on this site or through check. Checks should be made out to The Food Project and mailed to the Lincoln office located at 10 Lewis St. Lincoln, MA 01773.

2019 Big Shindig Host Committee


Danielle Dickinson

Annalisa Di Palma

Tara Agrawal PedullaBetsy Luchars
Deborah AliffJoan MacIsaac
Rosemary CostelloJoanne Miller
Lisa FibbeAlice Poltorick
Abbey FloresKatie Ryan
Jim KelleyMartha Wood
Becky KingSon Wooten
Kathleen Lomatoski


David Schwartz and Anim Steel are co-founders of the Real Food Challenge, which harnesses the power of youth and universities to build a fair and sustainable food system. The organization aims to redirect $1 billion of college food purchases towards local, community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane food sources - Real Food - by 2020.

David and Anim founded the Real Food Challenge in 2007 as an independent initiative of The Food Project, in partnership with youth leaders at the California Student Sustainability Coalition. Thanks to their leadership, the organization has built a powerful network of hundreds of student leaders and educated and trained tens of thousands of young people across the country. To date, these student activists have shifted over $80 million in campus cafeteria dollars to real food. In 2010, the pair received the Echoing Green Award for social entrepreneurship for their vision and work with the Real Food Challenge.

David got his start in food justice work at The Food Project when he was 14 and went on to serve as a staff and Board member, before getting his B.A. at Brown University. He currently serves as the Director of Programs at JOIN for Justice and as a diversity and racial justice trainer and consultant with VISIONS, Inc.

Anim holds a B.A. from Williams College and Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He led national initiatives at The Food Project for 8 years. Anim is currently the Executive Director at Real Food Generation, which encompasses new initiatives-Real Meals Campaign and Uprooted & Rising-in addition to Real Food Challenge.

We are honored to welcome David and Anim back to The Food Project, where the two met, and recognize their outstanding accomplishments building a more just and sustainable food system for all of us, and the planet we share

The Food Project's Leadership Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of change makers within the food movement whose work and vision have had a demonstrable impact on our communities, food infrastructure, and environment

The Food Project

We envision a world where youth are active leaders, diverse communities feel connected to the land and each other, and everyone has access to fresh, local, healthy, affordable food. Click here to learn more.

Can't attend the event, but want to support The Food Project? Make a donation today!

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Questions? Please contact Sarah Wiggins, Events & Volunteer Coordinator, at


Cyclorama, Tremont Street, Boston, MA, USA

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