Eat for Equity Stamford is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. Stamford’s RJ Mercede and Meg Dalton helped bring the movement to the city last October, organizing the first of a series of dinners to fundraise for local non-profits.
“We’ve hosted 6 events so far ranging everything from education-based, environmental-based, to youth empowerment programs, so it’s really a diverse group of partners that we’ve worked with,” says Mercede.
“There are many different neighborhoods, many different types of people, and we thought that food was something that could connect those disparate communities and create more of a greater sense of pride in the area,” says Dalton.
Mercede says Eat For Equity has raised over $7,000 for local non-profits over the past year.
“Our first event was for Domus which is an education-based non-profit that does school and after school programs in the city,” says Mercede. “We’ve also raised money for American Red Cross after Hurricane Sandy.”
Mercede and Dalton say the Stamford community has embraced the movement.
“Our first event we had about 50 people show up and since then we’ve had about 80 come to events and money has kind of gone up,” Mercede says.
“Initially I thought it would be people that we have close relationships with that would just be attending, but we’ve seen that it appeals to a lot of different types of people in Stamford,” Dalton says.
On Saturday, October 19th, Eat for Equity will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a special dinner in honor of breast cancer awareness month. All proceeds from the dinner will go to Stamford Hospital’s Paint the Town Pink Campaign.
“We’re going to be having it at my mother’s house for Paint the Town Pink and this is actually an initiative that she’s very involved in,” Mercede says. “She actually went through the Bennett Cancer Center when she went through cancer treatment so she now sits on the Paint the Town Pink Committee, so we’re really excited to honor them.”
The dinner will take place at 117 Woodbury Avenue from 7 to 10 p.m.
For more information visit eatforequity.org or search Eat for Equity Stamford on Facebook.