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Little Black Dress Initiative raises awareness of food insecurity

Posted: 6:40 AM, Nov 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-26 13:14:59-05
Little Black Dress Initiative raises awareness of food insecurity
Little Black Dress Initiative raises awareness of food insecurity 2
Little Black Dress Initiative raises awareness of food insecurity 2

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - You'll likely see a lot of black dresses this week as the Junior League of Tallahassee starts their Little Black Dress Initiative Monday. 

Members of the Junior League are wearing the same black dress all week long to bring awareness to and raise money for food insecurity here in Leon County.

This is the third year that the organization is slipping on their black dresses and the pin encouraging you to ask about the dress.

It all kicked off Monday morning at Red Eye Coffee where 10 percent of the coffee sales went to the team's goal of $20,000. 

"This is a wonderful opportunity to engage all members of the community into one organization's mission," said Lindsay Volpe, Junior League of Tallahassee Little Black Dress Initiative Co-Chair. "A lot of people really care about community wellness overall and with the Junior League through wearing the Little Back Dress for a week has the opportunity to engage with everyone in the community to help make sure the lives of children and families are improved."  

Red Eye and the Junior League will host another percent day this Friday to help close out the week.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - You'll likely see a lot of little black dresses around town this week.

WTXL ABC 27's Jada Williams was live Monday morning at Red Eye Coffee to find out who is behind the push to get women to wear their black dresses this week.

The Junior League of Tallahassee is the group behind the black dresses.

Speaking with the WTXL reporter Monday were Lauren Snyder and Lindsay Volpe, both wearing their black dresses.

They plan to wear the same black dress or outfit for five consecutive days to raise awareness about food insecurity experienced by those living in poverty in our community.

The dress represents the tough choices individuals have to make when they are food insecure.

By wearing a button that reads "Ask me About my Dress" or “Ask me About my Outfit," LBDI advocates invite dialogue among colleagues, friends and strangers.

The funds collected fuel JLT’s outreach programs in the Tallahassee community.

This year’s event will take place from November 26 to November 30. You can donate to this initiative by clicking here.

For more information, visit jltallahassee.org/event.