Last summer, we partnered with Frances Kroner, SpringBoard graduate and chef/owner of FEAST, to launch her new philanthropic snack line, Random Snacks of Kindness™. The first batch of the snack mix, limited-edition Ginger Coconut, will be available beginning November 4, 2013. 100% of proceeds from sales will benefit ArtWorks.
This project was our very first entrepreneurial youth project. In five weeks, six ArtWorks youth Apprentices, ages 14-21, mentored under Frances and learned how to apply their creative talents in the kitchen and as entrepreneurs.
“The Apprentices have been working so hard, testing recipes and developing the business plan. I can’t wait to share in their experience of a first sale,” says Frances. “The community has been so supportive; it’s exciting to finally have a snack to share!”
On November 4, 10-ounce packages of the Ginger Coconut snack will be available for $10 each at several local stores and farmers markets including Picnic and Pantry, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Dutch’s, MiCA 12/v, Tantrum and Madison’s at Findlay Market. Additionally, Random Snacks of Kindness™ will be sold at Crafty Supermarket in the Music Hall Ballroom on November 23 and The City Flea in Washington Park on December 14.
This project was made possible through additional partnerships. The Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State provided a fully equipped kitchen for snack making and testing. ArtWorks youth Apprentices also learned how to design packaging, market the snack and more from Design Impact, a social innovation firm that provides community leaders, students and organizations with design-thinking, social enterprise, and program development services.
To learn more about how to Frances is working to “change the world one snack at a time”, visit snacksofkindness.org.