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Chef Bruce TislerBy Chef Bruce Tisler
First created
Chef Bruce TislerBy Chef Bruce Tisler
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$5,448
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12
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 10 2016 8:35 AM UTC +00:00

About

We need your help. Alms soup is building a new kitchen, to serve 8500 meals per month, to support the nutritional needs of women, children, and men serviced by the Bakersfield Homeless Center and the Mission at Kern County.

Alms soup kitchen is a non-profit organization that serves our community by providing job and job skill opportunities to those who are considered displaced in the workforce.

Alms soup kitchen will provide a humble soup, salad and bread made fresh each day for sale to the local community.

Alms will make and then sell soup to downtown Bakersfield businesses for lunch.

For the first year alms will be delivery only and ordered online only via the alms application. The money made is used to pay for making soup. The profit is used to pay for more soup. That soup is packaged and donated to the Bakersfield Homeless center and the Mission at Kern County. It takes alms to sell on average 160 units per day (unit = 16oz soup, 4 oz bread, 2 oz salad) to create approximately 420 16oz soup donations per day or 8500 per month.

As for the quality of the soup we create each soup from scratch. Each 16ozs of chicken soup has 500 calories, 24 grams of protein and only 830 mg of sodium and vitamins A, C, Calcium and Irion.

Tom’s shoes and Newman’s own are two examples of how alms soup works as a charity.

You are building Alms soup kitchen from the ground up, how are you constructing the Alms kitchen?

Construction is expensive. Our model requires specific equipment so leasing a building, we would need to spend around $100,000 to $150,000 on improvements, and not own those improvements.

We decided with using shipping containers for a few reasons.

First is the real possibility that a soup kitchen like Alms may not work. If that were to happen we would have the assets to sell off to meet any obligations of debt.

Secondly, the kitchen is considered portable, we could disconnect the containers and reconnect them in another location.

And finally the containers we purchase are leftovers by shipping companies, we get to reuse some litter.

Why the hard to employ?

I saw a need. The hard to employ is a definition created to define people with needs that go beyond typical services provided by employment agencies.

What is the need you see?

I do a lot of volunteer work, I know many people who are in the system and want out, but because of learning disabilities, mental health problems, or drug and alcohol addictions due to trauma from war or just bad luck.

They all need employment environment that is capable of understanding and is trained to work through problems to find success and tolerance. Alms Soup fills a need for training 8 to 20 individuals in basic and advanced culinary and customer service skills and real world opportunity to test those skills.

So why then, a soup kitchen?

Soup is fantastic to make, to eat, to pack lots of nutrition into a small bowl. Soup is universal for a healthy meal.

Still why a soup kitchen?

I asked the same question a few years ago. I like the definition from Wikipedia; “A soup kitchen, meal center, or food kitchen is a place where food is offered to the hungry for free or at a below market price. Frequently located in lower-income neighborhoods, they are often staffed by volunteer organizations”. The history and use of soup kitchens have been and are important in society. The interpretation I am taking is building a central kitchen and using the food bank system to distribute the soup in a wider net.

That is a departure from a traditional restaurant or soup kitchen, do you see this program expanding?

Only if the product is good and the guest is happy.

You are purposely limiting ordering to an application. You are not providing for dinning or walk up service and opting for delivery only. Can you provide an example of how that might work?

Before operating systems like android and apple we had a plain old telephone service. You picked up the phone and ordered a pizza, the best of the previous five decades is Domino’s, and Domino’s only delivered. Our model is not as ambitious as Domino’s simply because Alms operates Monday thru to Friday delivery from 10 am to 2 pm within the 93301 zip code. And you can only access the ordering system when production meets demand. We intend to hire as many delivery drivers as possible to deliver as many units as possible within the delivery period of 4 hours. Alms in principle is still a restaurant with a front of house and a back of house. If anything we have limited us to the 93301 zip code for the time being.

How much experience do you and your team have in working with the hard to employ?

Alms supervisors and managers are required to have passed classes in Substance Abuse Counseling in addition to respective job duties. Also, I have worked with this segment, providing meals and menus to fit individual dietary need.

How are you planning to fund Alms?

This project needs crowd funding to work. Alms is a community project that attempts to fill a basic need for employment, nutrition, and education.

Up to this point, what stage of development do you consider yourself with this project?

The math has been done and the program is set I am now seeking donation, gift, and consideration to move forward. Relationships have been established. We have the market we are needing, and we have the personnel and the personnel management, in place for each employee.

Start up:

  • 501c3 Legal, banking, accounting, and filing fees.
  • 1 years lease for construction Based on average rents   ($4,500 per month) for correct space and zoning.
  • Engineering Structural, HVAC, Electrical, Fire Suppression System, and Environmental Health
  • Land agreement Monthly lease inclusive 500 per month.
  • Labor and Tools + Materials and Finish Combined contracts for Structural, HVAC, Electrical, Fire Suppression System, and Appliances. Also includes opening and operating inspections, permits, and occupancy fees.
  • Promotion Kickstarter rewards
  • Opening inventory
  • 1 year operating capital
  • Total operating before KS fees budget for year one
  • Kickstarter (KS) fees (Approximately 8%)

What are the basics of your Kickstarter launch?

I choose Kickstarter to launch the Alms project as a finite work with a clear goal that we’d like to bring to life. A community program that produces tangible goods and services. The funding goal is the amount of money that Alms needs to complete their project, Alms Soup Kitchen; $450,000 in capital. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. No one will be charged for a pledge towards the Alms project unless it reaches its funding goal. This way, Alms always has the budget before moving forward. The Alms team is behind the project idea, working to bring it to life. The Backers are folks who pledge money to bringing the Alms project to life. The Rewards for backer of the Alms community is a one-of-a-kind experience, limited editions, of the creative work being produced.

Risks and challenges

Alms Soup Kitchen is a departure from a traditional restaurant or soup kitchen. We are purposely limiting ordering to an application. We are not providing for dinning or walk up service and opting for delivery only. Consider the following example of how this concept might work?
Before operating systems like android and apple we had a plain old telephone service. You picked up the phone and ordered a pizza, the best of the previous five decades is Domino’s, and Domino’s only delivered. Our model is not as ambitious as Domino’s simply because Alms operates Monday thru to Friday delivery from 10 am to 2 pm within the 93301 zip code. And you can only access the ordering system when production meets demand. We intend to hire as many delivery drivers as possible to deliver as many units as possible within the delivery period of 4 hours. Alms in principle is still a restaurant with a front of house and a back of house. If anything we have limited us to the 93301 zip code for the time being.

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    Chicken Soup for four

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