The Dandy Line Kitchen Expansion | A delicious and affordable food service delivering healthy food to you for a unique purpose.
What is our story?
Hi, my name is Lindsey Gant! I am the fresh-maker of The Dandy Line Kitchen and a graduate of Hope Rises. What is a fresh-maker you ask? It boils down to the fact that aside from my experience at Dandy Line, I have never been a formally trained chef. Despite my lack of formal training, I have a passion for making fresh food and serving others. I love to take food that can be seen as “weird” or “unconventional” and blow people’s minds. I want to open people’s eyes to this kind of food, and inspire them to expand their horizons or even just to try something different that just happens to be good for them.
I am a graduate of Hope Rises, a non-profit re-entry home. Prior to entering the program I had been in and out of prison. I had an addiction that consumed my life and I didn’t have the tools or the support I needed to overcome it. I met the founder of Hope Rises, Kim Roxburgh, while still in prison. She taught an empowerment class and helped me see what I was capable of. I moved into the Hope Rises house and began a new journey.
At Hope Rises, all of the residents are required to eat clean, non-processed foods and cook for each other. That’s where I began building confidence in my cooking abilities. I would try new recipes and make variations of my own. It became exciting for me!
But enough about me, this is who WE are, and where We come from.
Over time, I went from cooking in the Hope Rises house to running a meal prep delivery service now known as The Dandy Line Kitchen!
Currently, we have two employees, including myself, and one volunteer. We serve between 45-50 regulars a week. Our client base has been steadily increasing over the past two years, but we have hit a point where we need more resources in order to serve more.
We cater to individuals, families, businesses, events and you can even find our meals and other goodies at The Green Corner Store, a local sustainable living store.
All proceeds benefit the Mission of Hope Rises: Providing holistic services to women impacted by poverty, addiction, trauma, or incarceration to improve their health and wellbeing and provide opportunities for personal growth and empowerment.
At The Dandy Line Kitchen we hope to create more employment opportunities for the graduates of Hope Rises to create, invest, and grow in a local business. These experiences are more difficult to come by for them and they deserve that chance.
Dandy Line Dreaming
By donating to The Dandy Line Kitchen Expansion, you will be contributing to our move to a new location where we will not only be a meal prep delivery service, but also a cafe vendor at the local law school.
Here is what we need:
- New equipment for the kitchen
- Dining area furniture
- Startup costs
- Funds to pay cafe workers until momentum of sales is established
What’s in it for YOU?
In addition to contributing to our growth and our mission, you have the opportunity to try some of our products yourself!
- The first 5 to donate $25 will receive a half dozen muffins of your choosing! (options: Gluten-Free Blueberry, Gluten-Free/Vegan Carrot Apple, or Gluten-Free/Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed)
- The first 5 to donate $50 will receive a dozen muffins of your choosing! (options: Gluten-Free Blueberry, Gluten-Free/Vegan Carrot Apple, or Gluten-Free/Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed)
- The first 3 to donate $100 will receive one full week of meals!
- The first 3 to donate $250 will receive one full week of family packs!
As of right now, I do most of the prep work with the help of a one other payed employee and a volunteer who aid me in delivery and distribution. As we grow we will need more hands on deck, and with that, the money to supplement their salaries. Any money raised over our goal will allow us to kickstart pay for employees gained through our expansion until we establish ourselves as a vendor.
Other ways you can help
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