The Stone Soup Collective is taking its commitment to healthy, just and delicious food for all to another level of collective action so we can nourish more of our community: Power Up! - Real Food for Super Kids is a collaborative pilot project leveraging synergies with partner nonprofits: Destiny Community Cafe - a pay-what-you-can-restaurant where all are welcome and PINK HOUSE - a community resource center in West Ashley.
Together we aim to prove that it is possible to make affordable kid-friendly whole food plant-based meals featuring locally grown produce. Our first step is a summer program to nourish kids from low-income families in the PINK HOUSE, and Destiny Community Cafe service areas. Free breakfast and lunch will be served Monday through Friday from mid-June to mid-August, 2020 at PINK HOUSE. Destiny Community Cafe will be serving lunch during the same 8 weeks. We are currently raising funds and recruiting volunteers o support this initiative. If you can help with funding please contact us via email at . Sign up to volunteer here. Donate here.
The long-term goal of this project is to establish a work-owned cooperative that will take the lessons we learn and turn them into a social enterprise that provides living wages and meaningful work to many for years to come.
Ragina Scott Saunders
Ragina is the owner and operator of Destiny Community Cafe, a pay-what-you-can restaurant where everyone has a seat at the table, and a community organizer. Ragina is passionate about nourishing people with healthier versions of classic Southern recipes and eager to bring that passion to this project. The Cafe will serve as the commercial kitchen for this effort.
Tianna Powell accidentally discovered her love for the culinary arts in the Army where Robert (aka "Mr. O") helped her understand the technique and technical side of cooking. Cooking has become a gift she enjoys sharing with others. Tianna's love for cooking can be tasted in the dishes she creates. "A good meal can move mountains" is her motto.
Tianna is eager to continue perfecting the craft of making healthy food kid-friendly, a talent she began developing as the culinary director of the childcare program at First African Evangelical Church of Charleston.
Jana Davis, RDN
Jana Davis is a registered dietitian with a focus on treating diabetes with whole food plant-based dietary choices. She brings her deep knowledge of nutrition and health to this project. In her work Jana sees the tragic and avoidable consequences of the Standard American Diet and she is eager to be part of a project that aims to make real food accessible to all in our community.
M. Renee Orth
Renee is a community organizer with a passion for nourishing people with healthy plant-based locally sourced food. She is the founder of The Stone Soup Collective and is eager to catalyze a worker-owned cooperative that can expand access to nourishing food while providing a foundation for a just transition to a regenerative and equitable economy.
Please email or call 310-995-1582 if you have questions or would like to be involved in this effort .