NorthBourne Foods would like to bring changes into communities that have been labeled as food deserts. Everyone deserves healthy food. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on July 17, 2014.
About this project
To Our Supporters and Friends:
My name is Bryant and I am one of the founders of NorthBourne Foods, a food supply company located in Houston Texas. The one thing that I have learned over the years while working in various capacities in the food industry is that people need and should come first, but in many cases, less fortunate people don't. We have devoted our business to providing services to everyone, including those in places that generally don't have the resources for the highest quality food products available. We are dedicated to seeking out food deserts and delivering our line of quality foods into the local shelters, schools, restaurants, small independent grocers, and individuals including the elderly who live within these communities.
There is nothing greater than serving everyone with quality, healthy, and affordable food products, especially the less fortunate !
How we came to this point:
NorthBourne Foods was founded in 2010 (www.NorthBourneFoods.com) on the principal of providing healthy food products to all. We are a small family run business and our customers include public school systems, restaurants, small independent grocers, and individuals.
Since entering the business we have been very disappointed with food products in the market especially products geared towards poverty stricken communities and the less fortunate. These food products do not meet the same quality standards as those stores and restaurants in communities that include median to high income earners. We find it disappointing that many food suppliers servicing lower income communities rarely supply the same high quality foods that they enjoy with their very own families. Even more disturbing is that many of the products served to impovershed communities or within food deserts are not raised or produced in the same manner that higher quality foods are produced for those living in higher economic areas.
NorthBourne Foods would like to bring changes into communities that have been labeled as food deserts simply because we care about all of our consumers including the elderly and especially the youngest consumers, OUR CHILDREN. Quality foods shouldn't be an option depending on income, it should be mandatory.
We know that all consumers - people, care a great deal about the foods that they eat and their health. Because of the lack of quality food products in these communities NorthBourne Foods has found itself in a unique but positive position to help support healthy good eating habits one community at a time. For us, it’s not good enough to accept substandard meats and produce from ranchers and farmers or those processed food manufacturers in an effort to maximize their earning potential.
What human being really wants to eat foods produced or slaughtered in a cheap substandard manner? Our company has decided to take complete control of our product line which consist of fresh beef, poultry, lamb, pork, goat and a full line of fresh fruits and vegetables. We have worked extremely hard to gain positive partnerships with small family owned farms to manage our hand selected livestock and we are equally hands-on with suppliers and farmers providing our line of high quality produce. In fact, we embrace farmers and ranchers that share our same philosophy for high quality food products and the community.
What we need:
We currently need to buy two quality pre-owned refrigerated cargo vans. This campaign will cover one van. Since we are a small family run business we have been utilizing contracted vans and trucks for delivery into low income areas and food deserts, which are generally non-profitable and become costly with transportation cost. This is extremely difficult and doesn't allow for much flexibility without having to raise prices to amounts too high for the average consumer in these areas. As we stated before "We want everyone to be able to afford "GOOD QUALITY FOOD" .
The vans would help us to eliminate the huge expense of contracted or rented refrigerated trucks for daily deliveries. Having the vans would not only keep our overhead down when going into lower income communities but it would also allow us from time-to-time to provide surplus donations from our stock to charitable organizations within those communities without the worry of vehicle rental expense. Overall it would also allow us to expand delivery hours and move into impoverished and more isolated areas where the majority of food deserts are located.
We would like to expand delivery with our own vans to areas considered "food deserts" and we would also like to offer lower cost and high quality products to individuals within these communities, schools, grocers and smaller restaurants which usually can't afford to buy healthy products.
Getting funding for the vans will help us to take a GIANT LEAP towards serving everyday people living in lower economically strapped neighborhoods with great tasting meats, poultry, fruits and vegetables .... HEALTHY FOOD PRODUCTS.
In advance, we greatly thank you so much and we appreciate your support, encouragement and HOPE !
Risks and challenges
Our biggest risk with this campaign is that there is a chance that we will need to put additional funds with the amount raised in order to successful buy a dependable used van for this project. We are hoping the campaign successfully raises more than the goal initiated so that we may buy a van and begin serving the communities within food desert areas.
Biggest challenge to this date 7/16 is we lack the necessary traffic to the campaign for interested viewers. This saddens me but we won't stop we are determined to get into the communities that need us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We only 10 hours remaining so the push to reach our goal is really on ! Help us to help others who deserve good nutrition but just can't afford top quality food. Together we can help to change things one person at a time. Thanks.
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