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Prince George's Community College Announces Black Food, Black Futures Festival

LARGO, Md. (October 2, 2023) Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) announced the upcoming Black Food, Black Futures Festival, a two-day festival celebrating Black food culture and raising awareness of food insecurities in Prince George’s County. This festival is hosted by the African American Studies Institute (AASI) with OurSpace World Inc. and funded by the Prince George’s County Community Partnership Grant. Black Food, Black Futures aims to spotlight those working towards food insecurity solutions and showcase the region’s best Black-owned food trucks, Black vendors, chefs, entertainment, and workshops.

The festival will be held on Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, at the Center for Performing Arts on PGCC’s main campus in Largo, MD.

The Black Food, Black Futures Festival will feature a farm-to-table luncheon, cooking demos, food trucks, a children’s book signing, and a panel session with food equity leaders. Also featured will be workshops on growing herbs for tea and therapeutic cooking, a presentation of PGCC student research on food insecurity in Prince George’s County, and the showcasing of a cookbook on African American recipes collected by Bowie State University students.

“From Black farmers and chefs to students and community guests, everyone will have an opportunity to actively participate in food justice,” Iyelli Ichile, AASI director and a professor of African American studies at the College, said. “We are gathering to eat well and to engage with the ‘solutionaries’ in our community.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation that will be distributed to Capital Area Food Bank partners and the PGCC Cares Owl Market, an on-site food pantry that provides free groceries to students.

To register for the festival and view the full schedule of events, click here.


About Prince George’s Community College

Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2022-2027), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skill sets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 25,000 individuals annually, the College is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree, and training programs, and a commitment to student success enable PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands.

For more information, visit the College’s website at Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education.