Fueling Economic Development in Urban Communities

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EMPLOYMENT

TeaSquares employs young adults from underserved communities throughout Chicago.

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PARTNERSHIP

We partner with companies including Facebook and Google to promote diversity in business.

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COMMUNITY

We believe in equitable business that supports our local economy and community.

Our social mission is tied in part to the location of the business: on West 75th Street in Englewood, an almost entirely African-American neighborhood that has struggled mightily with economic decline, population loss and violent crime over the past four decades. Tea Squares is part of a rising effort based on one of the tenets of the Good Food movement: that food businesses can play a catalytic role in restoring economic vitality to struggling communities (both urban and rural).

Englewood was once a food desert, meaning there were no easily accessible sources of healthy, fresh foods. And though the recent arrival of Aldi and Whole Foods supermarkets have improved the situation, Englewood and its environs still suffer from above-average rates of diet-related diseases. (Just a few doors down a Popeye’s Fried Chicken outlet competes with a KFC franchise.) We are working to change the conversation around healthy snacking throughout our community, city, state and country. Join us in spreading good food to your community.

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