Get Fresh Daily creates revolutionary spaces for Black people to come together, to be well, to have fun, and to celebrate and manifest the best version of themselves.
Written by Jiana Murdic, Founding Director of Get Fresh Daily for PACDC Magazine, Spring 2021
After a year steeped in a pandemic and protests, we recognize that our country capitalizes on sickness and commodifies wellness and that being Black and Well in America is indeed a revolutionary act.
Get Fresh Daily creates revolutionary spaces for Black people to come together, to be well, to have fun, and to celebrate and manifest the best version of themselves. Whether through plant-based cooking classes that center on Black culture, support groups that focus on and lift up Black mothers, healing gardens as wellness destinations in marginalized neighborhoods, or year-round arts and wellness camps that foster connections with self and others in nature, we push back against the narrative that being well is not for us.
We see now that America was founded and fueled on a scarcity mindset. Consumerism dictates there’s never enough. The Get Fresh Daily ethos spotlights community, rebuilt upon an abundance mindset, where there’s more than enough for everyone.
In this world reimagined, we transform existing infrastructure—previously available only to the privileged—to work for the good of all:
- School and society nurture people’s ability to realize their strengths and talents. People are encouraged to manifest their dreams to benefit the collective.
- Living healthfully is foundational, central, integral, not optional, and understood as key to the manifestation of our best selves.
- All neighborhoods are abundant with green space, clean air, clean water, and state-of-the-art play equipment for everyone.
- Outdoor space—for running, exercising, being active—is accessible, and these activities are normal in every neighborhood.
- Our food system respects the earth and all living beings. Foods are cultivated organically without chemicals.
- Fresh, delicious, unprocessed foods are affordable, available, and abundant to all.
- Unhealthy foods and products are not sold in neighborhoods where children and families live and attend school.
- Big food companies, such as fast-food conglomerates and industrial food manufacturing companies, are banned from marketing and selling foods that include chemicals and are held accountable for doing so.
- School food is delicious, nutrient-dense, and culturally appropriate, and includes ingredients that maximize children’s ability to perform at high levels.
Despite society dictating differently, we relentlessly and unapologetically refuse to merely survive. We claim “thriving” as our birthright and our destiny.