Lifting Up What Works: Brainfood Homegrown

A youth-led food venture builds upon existing and continuing youth development work to ensure that participants have multiple pathways to success

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Brainfood Homegrown, the newest initiative of DC Trust grantee partner Brainfood, is a youth-led food venture that’s equal parts homemade food and locally sourced talent. As recently featured in The Washington Post, Brainfood graduates use their culinary talents and skills to produce top-quality, delicious, healthy snacks, that they then sell at our Brainfood Homegrown stand in Union Market, as well as at a growing number of distribution points throughout the city.

Through Homegrown, youth in the District are building professional skills with paid jobs, as well as connecting with the city’s growing food community. All profits generated by Brainfood Homegrown go back into supporting Brainfood youth programs.

Read more to learn how Brainfood is building upon existing and continuing youth development work to ensure that participants have multiple pathways to success, while working to make the organization more sustainable and resilient.