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 raise awareness about food insecurity experienced by those living in poverty in our community. The dress represents the tough choices individuals have to make when they are food insecure. By wearing a button that reads “Ask me About my Dress” or “Ask me About my Outfit,” LBDI advocates invite dialogue among colleagues, friends, and strangers to raise awareness about food insecurity and how it affects our community.

The funds collected fuel JLT’s outreach programs in the Tallahassee community.

Funds are used to support JLT’s community initiatives including:


2022 Little Black Dress Initiative Events: 

November 15th – Fundraiser Kick-Off at RedEye Coffee Midtown 

November 16th – Lunch and Learn at Governor’s Club

A huge thank you to all of our supporters — especially Publix Super Markets Charities for their $5,000 match and TC Federal Bank for their $1,000 match! Their generous contribution ensures an additional 80 families in Tallahassee will receive a Mighty Meals box with nutritious meals for a week!


  • 21.1% of Leon County residents are food insecure as well as 19.9% of children.
  • Leon County has the third highest rate of food insecurity, out of the 67 counties in Florida.
  • Hunger impacts a child’s cognitive and physical development at age 0-3, a critical period of rapid growth.
  • Second Harvest of the Big Bend distributes enough food in Leon County for 3.5 million meals, unrelated charitable food donations add about 800,000 meals, leaving 6 million meals missing from the tables of Leon county.

Data found at the following sites:
Feeding America
Second Harvest of the Big Bend