Black Periodt Launches Food Passport to Aid Black YSU Students

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Black Periodt, the clothing line and activism group founded by entrepreneur Carmella Williams, is raising money for two newly created initiatives through a passport program for Black-owned restaurants.

For $20, participants can get a passport that includes seven local Black-owned restaurants. After spending at least $20, patrons can get their passport stamped. Upon getting five stamps, patrons can leave their passport at the restaurant to be entered into a cash raffle, held Dec. 1.

Passports can be purchased by emailing Participating restaurants are Rev’s Ribs, 832 Elm St., Youngstown; In The Truck Eatery, mobile food truck; Hook Fish & Chicken, 2545 Belmont Ave., Youngstown; R&J Smokers BBQ, 3000 McCartney Road, Youngstown; Charlie Staples Bar-B-Que, 372 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown; RBG Eatery, 1958 Palmyra Road SW, Warren; and The Pitt Boss, 2077 Elm Road NE, Warren.

All funds from the passport sales will support the Penguin Social Justice Scholarship and the Arlene Floyd Grant and Scholarship Fund. The scholarship, which the YSU Foundation is in the process of funding, will provide a full-ride renewable scholarship to young Black activists who are seeking a college degree to continue their efforts in the fight for social justice.

The Floyd Fund was established to help Black students at Youngstown State University overcome the hurdles they face at college, including food access, transportation, buying books and supplies, housing, child care and other expenses.

“When I worked at YSU, I saw time and time again the small needs that created large barriers for Black student success. With a graduation rate less than 12%, it is apparent that there needs to be more support for Black students,” Williams says. “We are excited about fundraising to financially support Black students at YSU. I am so glad to be working in collaboration with faculty and staff and I am grateful for those who will participate in help to raise funds for this cause.” 

Outside of the food passport, donations to the Floyd Fund can be made through the Black Periodt website HERE. Donations to the Penguin Social Justice Scholarship can be made on the YSU Foundation’s giving page and selecting “other” from the drop-down menu and entering “Penguin Social Justice Scholarship” in the comment box.

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