The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a fundraising program during which Junior League of Tallahassee (JLT) members and LBDI advocates wear the same black dress or outfit for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on access to resources, confidence, and professional opportunities. The dress represents the lack of choices those living in poverty have. By wearing a button that reads “Ask me About my Dress,” advocates invite dialogue among colleagues, friends, and strangers to raise awareness about poverty and how it affects our community.
100% of the funds collected fuel the JLT’s outreach programs in the Tallahassee community.
Funds are used to support the JLT’s community initiatives including
THIS YEAR’S EVENT TOOK PLACE FROM NOVEMBER 27 TO DECEMBER 1.
DID YOU KNOW…
- 22% of Leon County lives in poverty (US Census Bureau)
- Leon County has the second highest food insecurity, following behind neighboring Gadsden County.
- Since 2006, the percent of those living in poverty has jumped from 12.6% to 16.6%, and some pockets of the city of Tallahassee are experiencing poverty rates as high as 69%,
- 22.6% of children in Tallahassee live in poverty, and approximately 40% of those children live in “deep poverty,” which is defined as 50% below the poverty line.