Sister Cities Project / SCP Newsletter  / SCP Newsletter | November 2, 2023

Last week, Sister Cities Project supported the “Friendraising” Soiree for Project New Village in Mount Hope. It was a spectacular evening filled with neighbors and supporters in a magical setting within the Mt. Hope Community Garden. CEO, Diane Moss spoke about the 20+ years of work by Project New Village to bring fresh food, nourishment and health to this and other neighborhoods of Southeastern San Diego. As with all our Events, we asked Diane and her team what Sister Cities Project members could do to take action.  


Here’s the list. Please join us in action.

  1. Gardening Materials are needed for the Community Garden – ask
  2. Volunteers are needed for PNV Events – Events Calendar
  3. Support People’s Produce Mobile Farmers Market – Perennial Membership
  4. Find out about Project New Village Art Exhibitions with Ami Judah. Buy her artwork.
  5. Learn about Project New Village and Share this incredible informative 6 minute video with your network. Learn about Food Apartheid and the strategies to dismantle it.

Exciting News about our Campaign to empower San Diego Food Entrepreneurs of Color!  

In July, we held our first Event to start a county-wide conversation about Food Injustice. We also kicked off our Campaign to raise money to empower Food Entrepreneurs of color to bring their creations to market. 

I am thrilled to announce that we met and exceeded our goal to raise $10,000. These funds are going to be instrumental in providing food permits and invaluable business coaching for 10 innovative and passionate Entrepreneurs. And this is only the beginning.

In early October,  we had a kick-off meeting and heard from our first cohort of Food Entrepreneurs who shared their entrepreneurial journey and the passion that inspires their food business. They reinforced the fact that our collective support is transformative for their business.

To everyone who made a contribution, I am grateful for your belief in our work. You recognize the profound impact of grassroots initiatives like ours. Sister Cities Project provides real, tangible change in the everyday lives of people. We firmly believe in the power of consistent meaningful actions that create an enduring ripple effect, even when it’s not immediately obvious. This is the kind of sustainable change that transforms society at its core. There’s more work on the road ahead. Thank you for your participation in our Food Justice campaign. We hope others will join as we expand these efforts to empower Food Entrepreneurs of color and to bring nourishment to their communities.  


Are you wondering how SCP’s mission to bring about racial equality is connected to food injustice? Please take a moment to read my timeline about how they are interconnected parts of a centuries long history that has resulted in permanent divestment of communities like Southeastern San Diego.  

What’s Cooking with SCP’s continued work around Food Justice?
  • Look for our next Newsletter with details about hiring Chefs we support.
  • SCP is building food entrepreneurship support collaborations in the County.
  • We’re looking for a Commercial Kitchen for the Food Entrepreneurs. Can you help?
  • The SCP EcoHUB is building out space to provide resources for Food Entrepreneurs.
  • We want to raise funds to help with the next phase of business growth for Food Entrepreneurs. Turning innovative foods into a business, requires a significant investment.

Please consider supporting our General Fund to help us bring about change.

Thank you for being part of the change. If you’d like to know more about how your investment in our impact makes a difference, please reach out to me. I’d love to talk with you about our strategy.

Shawn McClondon

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