LaDonna Redmond "began working on sustainable food security issues after her son Wade, at age seven, was diagnosed with asthma induced by food allergies. Wade’s diet required organic food products, which LaDonna found hard to come by in her Chicago neighborhood. As a way to broaden consumer choice and address food security concerns, she created the Institute for Community Resource Development and the Chicago Food Systems Collaborative. Her newest initiative is developing a grocery store, Good Food Market, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2008. LaDonna, who lives in the Chicago metropolitan area, is a board member of Food First and serves on the Illinois Governor’s Advisory Council on Agriculture and the Chicago Public School Task Force to Improve Healthy Eating. She is also a 2003 Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Fellow. Prior to being a food activist, LaDonna worked in various fields, including women’s reproductive health and substance abuse. “ 
Resources and articles
- Food First Board Members, Food First, accessed August 19, 2007.
- "Biography", Accessed January 2007.