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Where local residents help birth the businesses that serve them

Fresh Food Generation co-founders Jackson Renshaw and Cassandria Campbell run a food truck in Boston, providing fresh food to low-income communities. They have received financial support from the Ujima Project, which lets local residents decide how to allocate communal funding to local businesses. Source: Alfredo Sosa/Staff

The kale is from down the street. The honey came from 10 minutes away by bike. The hot sauce? It was made across the hall. For Fresh Foods Generation, local resources matter.

Founders Cassandria Campbell and Jackson Renshaw launched the company in 2015 with a mission to bring healthy food to city residents who usually couldn’t afford it. They’ve seen their business grow from a single food truck to a cafe and catering service, and their staff balloon from two to 14 during peak season.

The duo want to keep expanding their reach and to do so, they plan on seeking the help of a brand-new community initiative with some lofty goals. Named after the Kwanzaa principle of “community work and responsibility,” the

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