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Background Information

Employment History

Forum Network

Youth Program Coordinator
The Food Project

Development Associate
Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc

Affiliations

Co-Founder
Fresh Food Generation

Education

Bachelor's Degree
Economics
Swarthmore College

Master's Degree
City Planning
MIT

Web References (15 Total References)


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Cassandria Campbell

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Speakers included Beatriz Zapater, Head of Boston Day and Evening Academy; Sheila Dillon, Chief of Housing for the City of Boston and Head of the Department of Neighborhood Development; David Price, Executive Director of Nuestra Comunidad; Felix Arroyo, Chief of Health and Human Services for the City of Boston; Cassandria Campbell, Cofounder of Fresh Food Generation; and Jamiah Tappin, Community Organizer with the Boston Alliance for Community Health.
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+ BIO: Cassandria Campbell
Cassandria Campbell is the co-founder of Fresh Food Generation, a farm-to-plate food truck that serves healthy affordable prepared foods in low-income neighborhoods. Cassandria, a Roxbury native, became a food justice advocate while working at The Food Project, a nationally recognized model for youth development and sustainable agriculture. Upon graduating from Swarthmore College, she returned to the organization to be the Youth Development Coordinator in which role she led a 60-youth summer program and coordinated a one-year leadership program. In 2011, she received a Masters degree in City Planning from MIT and continues to work in the field of community and economic development. Cassandria developed the idea for Fresh Food Generation because she wanted to find healthier food options without having to travel outside of her neighborhood.


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Cassandria Campbell

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Speakers included Beatriz Zapater, Head of Boston Day and Evening Academy; Sheila Dillon, Chief of Housing for the City of Boston and Head of the Department of Neighborhood Development; David Price, Executive Director of Nuestra Comunidad; Felix Arroyo, Chief of Health and Human Services for the City of Boston; Cassandria Campbell, Cofounder of Fresh Food Generation; and Jamiah Tappin, Community Organizer with the Boston Alliance for Community Health.
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+ BIO: Cassandria Campbell
Cassandria Campbell is the co-founder of Fresh Food Generation, a farm-to-plate food truck that serves healthy affordable prepared foods in low-income neighborhoods. Cassandria, a Roxbury native, became a food justice advocate while working at The Food Project, a nationally recognized model for youth development and sustainable agriculture. Upon graduating from Swarthmore College, she returned to the organization to be the Youth Development Coordinator in which role she led a 60-youth summer program and coordinated a one-year leadership program. In 2011, she received a Masters degree in City Planning from MIT and continues to work in the field of community and economic development. Cassandria developed the idea for Fresh Food Generation because she wanted to find healthier food options without having to travel outside of her neighborhood.


Black Policy Conference 2014 ยป Speakers

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Cassandria Campbell

"Launchpad" Topic: Using Local Economies to Create Change
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Cassandria Campbell, a Roxbury, Massachusetts native, became a food justice advocate while working at The Food Project, a nationally recognized model for youth development and sustainable agriculture. Upon graduating from Swarthmore College, she returned to the organization to be the Youth Development Coordinator in which she led a 60 youth summer program and coordinated a year-long leadership program. In 2011, she received a Masters degree in City Planning from MIT and continues to work in the field of community and economic development. Cassandria developed the idea for Fresh Food Generation because she wanted to find healthier food options without having to travel outside of her neighborhood.


Toque Mag - The Food Site with a Curious Mind

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Chef Nadine Nelson, with Fresh Food Generation founders Jackson Renshaw and Cassandria Campbell.

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Jackson Renshaw and Cassandria Campbell are moving full-speed ahead to change that.
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Renshaw and Campbell met while working at The Food Project, a non-profit organization that brings together youth from Boston and its suburbs to grow food for its CSA (Community Supported Agricultural Farm) and for charitable donations. Working at The Food Project planted the seed for their common interest in "food justice," as they call it.
Campbell also had firsthand experience as a resident of Roxbury, where, she says, she was often frustrated with the lack of healthy food choices.
After earning her Masters Degree in City Planning from MIT in 2012, Campbell came up with the idea for Fresh Food Generation and thought of Renshaw, with whom she had a strong working relationship at The Food Project but had since lost touch.
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So Campbell and Renshaw are well on their way to throwing open their truck doors this summer - and hiring a crew of young people ages 18 to 21, whom they would teach job skills and leadership - hence the "Generation" reference in their name.


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Cassandria Campbell and Jackson Renshaw. Fresh Food Generation Cassandria Campbell and Jackson Renshaw.

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And it isn't just food trucks missing, says Cassandria Campbell, who calls Roxbury home. Grocery stores and restaurants serving healthier options aren't in high supply. "I found myself going to other neighborhoods to get good food," she says. "These food trucks [appearing in other parts of the city] weren't serving my neighborhood or other neighborhoods in Boston that are similar in demographic to mine."
So she called up her friend Jackson Renshaw with an idea for solving both the dearth of trucks and lack of access to healthy, local food in one swoop.
The two first met over lettuce and kale in the urban farms of The Food Project, a Boston-based nonprofit that gets kids involved in growing their own eats. After The Food Project, Campbell headed for Swarthmore and later M.I.T., where she earned a Masters in Urban Planning. Renshaw went to the University of Vermont to study agriculture, then returned to Boston, where he got a job as truck manager for Bon Me, a truck serving Vietnamese food to hungry Boston dwellers.
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"It really helps having someone that has a background in farming on the team - knowing what's the most affordable and available crop at the time of year," Campbell says of her partner's ag experience.
Renshaw acknowledges that getting fresh food out of the frozen ground is not nearly as easy in winter - but there are options. There are a variety of squashes, root vegetables, and partnerships with local greenhouses to round out the offerings.
To turn the limited winter produce options into truck-worthy entrees, Campbell and Renshaw brought chef Nadine Nelson on board.
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"I think one of the most common questions is how is our food going to be affordable," Campbell says.
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For now, the focus is getting the truck up and running, but Campbell is already dreaming bigger. "It's really about getting food that's affordable, quick, and healthy to people," she says.

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