Wednesday, August 26, 2020


August 25, 2020 – Did you know that 1 in 5 children in the Peoria area struggles with hunger, wondering where their next meal will come from? 

The Junior League of Peoria will launch a weeklong effort August 29 - September 4 to start a community-wide conversation about poverty and food insecurity and to raise funds to make a difference. 

The Little Black Dress Initiative boosts awareness about the impact of generational poverty in our community through social media sharing, personal conversations and events. 

“Peoria is home to the second most economically distressed zip code in Illinois, and the 48th most economically distressed zip code in the nation,” says Andrea Tortora, Junior League of Peoria president. “The Little Black Dress campaign is one way we can begin to tackle poverty in our own backyard.” 

Funds raised will help relieve family stress around food insecurity by expanding the hands-on Kids in the Kitchen program and other Junior League projects. In addition, Junior League members receive leadership training that empowers them to advocate for the cause. 

How the Little Black Dress Initiative works: 

Anyone can participate. 

o Complete the LBDI Participation Form to express your interest

o Wear the same black outfit all week, to illustrate the lack of options 

faced by someone living in poverty 

Encourage your contacts to make a donation to the Little Black Dress campaign 

Share your experiences on social media with daily posts, using the hashtags #JLP #LBDIpeoria 

Support one or more Little Black Dress events 

Donate online TODAY

With strong support from Peoria businesses, we are able to harness the power of our community in this effort. The week’s events include: 

Saturday, August 29 | All Day: Fox Pub & Cafe Saturday Spotlight. Order ahead or dine in any time on Saturday at Fox Pub & Cafe and a portion of all food sales will go back to the LBDI Campaign. RSVP on Facebook 


Contact: Andrea Tortora, President

Direct: (513) 470-3631


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