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A Home for The Happy Lentil Vegan Cuisine

Help us secure a dedicated space to make our plant-based cuisine and wholesale food products more accessible to underserved communities.

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Campaign Ends on July 14, 2021

Project Description

Welcome to The Happy Lentil. We are a husband and wife owned vegan pop-up restaurant, catering company and private food label. We specialize in soulful plant-based comfort food with global appeal. Our mission is to make plant-based cuisine more desirable and accessible within underserved communities and among people of color in metro Atlanta.

We conduct a pop-up for our community twice per month, serving an array of selections from our global soul cuisine. Our catering services are employed for a variety of occasions including corporate meetings, TV studio cast luncheons, birthday parties, anniversaries, family reunions and other events. We also produce a line of vegan dips and spreads currently sold in two local stores under The Happy Lentil brand.

With the funds raised through our crowd-funding campaign, we plan to open our own dedicated space where the community can gain access to our healthy cuisine daily, and where we can host community workshops and plant-based cooking classes.

Photos from our popup and our line of wholesale vegan dips and spreads.

Selections from our menu.

Fulfilling a Dire Need

We created The Happy Lentil to share the many benefits of plant-based cooking and eating with our beloved community.

Following are a few statistics conveying the need for and benefits of a plant-based diet in America:

  • Only 1 in 10 American adults gets enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diets. The recommendation is 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day. (Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • A plant-based diet lowers the risk of all causes of mortality by 25 percent. (Source: The Journal of the American Heart Association)

Additionally, following are statistics underscoring a specific need to make fresh, plant-based food more desirable and accessible in urban communities and among people of color in Atlanta:

  • While almost equal percentages of Atlanta’s poorest and wealthiest areas have greater than average access to fast food, 86% of very high-income areas have greater than average access to fresh food. (Source: Atlanta Regional Commission)
  • Metro Atlanta’s fast food restaurants are disproportionately located in communities with many people of color. (Source: Atlanta Regional Commission)
  • Just 8% of African Americans live in census tracts with supermarkets, compared with 31 percent of their white counterparts. (Source: Atlanta Regional Commission)

Finally, following are  figures supporting the need for and benefits of a plant-based diet in the state of Georgia:

  • Only 29.9% of adults reported having consumed fruits at the recommended level of 2 or more times per day and just 29.5% of adults reported having consumed vegetables at the recommended level of 3 or more times per day. (Source: CDC’s Division of Nutrition and Physical, and Obesity)

Having personally experienced decreased blood pressure, weight loss and improved mental clarity, we want everyone to experience the joys of a plant-based lifestyle. Money should not be a barrier. It's about making the right choices with the resources you do have. For instance, buying fresh vs. canned, using a steamed food preparation vs. fried or perhaps learning to plant fruits and vegetables in whatever space you have. In fact, one of our greatest joys is the container garden we maintain in the back of our home. We grow our own fresh vegetables and herbs and often use them in preparing food for customers.

Our container garden of vegetables and herbs we use in preparing our food.

We need Your Help

Currently, it is just the two of us dedicated to The Happy Lentil full time. We also enlist individuals part time to help us carry out our mission.  However, we operate from a shared commercial kitchen, which limits us to just catering and holding pop-up events at other facilities. If we could lease a home for The Happy Lentil, we could hire a team and offer healthy, delicious food to our community on a daily basis. We would prepare our wholesale dips and spreads on one side of the kitchen and our daily menu on the opposite side. We would also offer free health workshops to further educate the public on how to select wholesome foods, grow their own fruits and vegetables and prepare healthy meals.

Why Crowdfunding?

When fundraising, women of color and black-owned businesses continue to face significant disparities. This is a key reason we decided to crowdfund. 

According to the annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express, in 2019, women of color accounted for 50% of all women-owned businesses, employed nearly 2.4 million people and generated $422.5 billion in revenue for the economy. However, of the $85 billion in venture capital funding, women of color received less than 1%.

Research also reveals challenges Black Americans with small businesses face in obtaining credit. Despite applying for funding at a rate 10 percent higher than their nonminority counterparts, the Federal Reserve reported in April 2021, Black-owned businesses were less than half as likely as white-owned firms to be fully approved for loan applications over the past year.

And in 2020, 41 percent of Black-owned businesses were forced to permanently close their doors, compared to less than 20 percent of white-owned businesses. Statistics show Black-owned businesses are more likely to be in the sectors of the economy hurt most by the global health crises, such as the food, retail or accommodation industries.

We Appreciate Your Support!

We want to thank you in advance for supporting our mission to make plant-based cuisine more desirable and accessible among underserved communities and people of color in Atlanta. With your help, we can secure a home for our business, conduct a buildout and obtain the necessary equipment to fulfill our menu. We would then hire a team and provide delicious, global soul cuisine to our local community on a daily basis.

No amount is too small. Whatever amount you can give will bring us one step closer to achieving our mission.

Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Words cannot express how grateful we are for your support!

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Q:  How long has The Happy Lentil been in business?

We began operations as licensed food producers and caterers in 2019.

Q: Where are you located?

We are located in metro Atlanta. We operate from a shared commercial kitchen in Lawrenceville, GA. We prepare our catering and pop-up cuisine, as well as our wholesale dips and spreads at this facility.

Q:  How do I redeem my reward?

Once you receive your confirmation, please contact us at info@happylentil.com. We will give you further instruction on how to redeem your reward. If you selected one of the food rewards (i.e. catering, vegan soul supper), simply present your confirmation at the time of ordering. A photo ID will be required to redeem your reward.

Q:  Will all contributors receive public acknowledgement?

Absolutely. Every contributor will receive the reward listed at the $25 level. This includes acknowledgement as a supporter on our Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as in a special email to our subscribers.

Q:  Is your food completely vegan?

Yes, our food is completely vegan. We understand some plant-based cuisine may include meat, seafood or dairy. However, our plant-based cuisine does not. It is 100% vegan and void of meat, seafood, dairy or eggs.

Q:  Is your cuisine non-GMO?

Yes. We source our ingredients mainly from farmer’s markets or purchase organic from other suppliers. So you can be assured our cuisine does include genetically modified ingredients.

Q:  Do you use MSG in your cuisine?

Absolutely not. We are careful not to include Monosodium glutamate (MSG) in our cuisine.

Q:  What is Global Soul cuisine?

Being from Alabama, we grew up eating soul food prepared by our mothers and grandmothers. However, through travel and exposure to other cultures, we soon realized there is indeed soul in every cuisine. Our food at The Happy Lentil is a reflection of the love and soul we have come to appreciate in global cuisine.

Leah Brawley
06/10/2021
$5 off a Vegan Soul Plate
$50
The Sensible Vegan
06/09/2021
Acknowledgement on Social Media
$25
Jowanna
06/09/2021
10% off Your Next Catering Order
$100
Jamie
06/06/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
1,000.00 USD
Catered Meal Delivered for 8

Having friends over for dinner or game night? Sit back, relax and let The Happy Lentil do the cooking. You’ll receive five half pans of The Happy Lentil favorites of your choice. And yes, delivery (metro Atlanta) is included.

Choose One Half Pan Entrée

  • Peach BBQ Beyond Meat® Meatloaf
  • Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Mushroom Gravy
  • Baked Ziti
  • Black Bean Enchilada Bake

Choose Two Half Pans Sides

  • Mac & Cheese
  • Loaded Potato Casserole
  • Collards & Kale
  • Succotash

Plus, get a half pan of Turmeric Rice and a half pan (1 dozen) of Cornbread Muffins, for a total of five pans of our tasty vegan eats. 

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Monetary Contribution

Give what you can. Every dollar will help us reach our mission to make plant-based cuisine more desirable and accessible among people of color and in underserved communities. We are extremely grateful for your support!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Acknowledgement on Social Media

You will receive a special supporter shout-out on our Instagram and Facebook pages, as well as acknowledgement in an email to our subscribers. We can’t wait to share with everyone how you are helping us achieve our mission to make plant-based cuisine more desirable and accessible among underserved communities and people of color in metro Atlanta.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
50.00 USD
$5 off a Vegan Soul Plate

If you’ve ever been to one of our community pop-ups, you’ve likely enjoyed entrées, such as our Peach BBQ Beyond Meat® Meatloaf or Baked Ziti. Or perhaps you’ve had our General Tso’s Meatballs or Cauliflower Steaks in Mushroom Gravy. With your contribution, you’ll receive $5 off your next Vegan Soul Plate. We are grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you at our next pop-up!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Virtual Plant-based Workshop

Whether you’re a plant-based pro, new to veganism or considering making the transition, you’re sure to enjoy our Fall virtual plant-based workshop. Your special invitation includes expert presentations on topics, such as:

  • "Making the Transition to Veganism"
  • "Plant-based Trends and Best Practices"
  • "Best Vegan Products on the Market"
  • "How to Grow Your Own Produce in Whatever Space You Have"
  • "Live Cooking Demonstration"

You will not want to miss this exciting event and you can only get it here!

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500.00 USD
Professional Bio

Put your best foot forward with a winning professional bio.

Before she became Chef for The Happy Lentil, our Co-Owner Angie Reevers enjoyed a 25-year career as a corporate communications and public relations manager. Among her many responsibilities, she wrote bios, press releases, speeches and other content for global corporations and publications. She looks forward to crafting a one-page professional bio for you or your business.

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5,000.00 USD
Exclusive Chef’s Table

You will receive an exclusive invitation to our Chef’s Table event, featuring an elegant and scrumptious seven-course vegan meal. Plus, learn more about The Happy Lentil owners and our unique approach to plant-based cuisine. There will also be trivia and door prizes. We promise to make it a tasty and memorable evening.

If you are not local to Atlanta, you will receive the following rewards:

  • Acknowledgement on Social Media
  • Invitation to our Virtual Fall Plant-based Workshop (8 complimentary registrations - you may pass along the additional seven to family and friends)
  • Professional bio for you or your company
  • Complete line of The Happy Lentil vegan dips and spreads shipped to you overnight (U.S. only): Lentil Walnut Hummus, Pimento Cheese Hummus, Eggless Tofu Salad, Spinach Dip and Potato Salad
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Rewards

1,000.00 USD
Catered Meal Delivered for 8

Having friends over for dinner or game night? Sit back, relax and let The Happy Lentil do the cooking. You’ll receive five half pans of The Happy Lentil favorites of your choice. And yes, delivery (metro Atlanta) is included.

Choose One Half Pan Entrée

  • Peach BBQ Beyond Meat® Meatloaf
  • Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Mushroom Gravy
  • Baked Ziti
  • Black Bean Enchilada Bake

Choose Two Half Pans Sides

  • Mac & Cheese
  • Loaded Potato Casserole
  • Collards & Kale
  • Succotash

Plus, get a half pan of Turmeric Rice and a half pan (1 dozen) of Cornbread Muffins, for a total of five pans of our tasty vegan eats. 

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
Monetary Contribution

Give what you can. Every dollar will help us reach our mission to make plant-based cuisine more desirable and accessible among people of color and in underserved communities. We are extremely grateful for your support!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Acknowledgement on Social Media

You will receive a special supporter shout-out on our Instagram and Facebook pages, as well as acknowledgement in an email to our subscribers. We can’t wait to share with everyone how you are helping us achieve our mission to make plant-based cuisine more desirable and accessible among underserved communities and people of color in metro Atlanta.

1 Supporter
Select this reward
50.00 USD
$5 off a Vegan Soul Plate

If you’ve ever been to one of our community pop-ups, you’ve likely enjoyed entrées, such as our Peach BBQ Beyond Meat® Meatloaf or Baked Ziti. Or perhaps you’ve had our General Tso’s Meatballs or Cauliflower Steaks in Mushroom Gravy. With your contribution, you’ll receive $5 off your next Vegan Soul Plate. We are grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you at our next pop-up!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Virtual Plant-based Workshop

Whether you’re a plant-based pro, new to veganism or considering making the transition, you’re sure to enjoy our Fall virtual plant-based workshop. Your special invitation includes expert presentations on topics, such as:

  • "Making the Transition to Veganism"
  • "Plant-based Trends and Best Practices"
  • "Best Vegan Products on the Market"
  • "How to Grow Your Own Produce in Whatever Space You Have"
  • "Live Cooking Demonstration"

You will not want to miss this exciting event and you can only get it here!

75 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Professional Bio

Put your best foot forward with a winning professional bio.

Before she became Chef for The Happy Lentil, our Co-Owner Angie Reevers enjoyed a 25-year career as a corporate communications and public relations manager. Among her many responsibilities, she wrote bios, press releases, speeches and other content for global corporations and publications. She looks forward to crafting a one-page professional bio for you or your business.

25 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Exclusive Chef’s Table

You will receive an exclusive invitation to our Chef’s Table event, featuring an elegant and scrumptious seven-course vegan meal. Plus, learn more about The Happy Lentil owners and our unique approach to plant-based cuisine. There will also be trivia and door prizes. We promise to make it a tasty and memorable evening.

If you are not local to Atlanta, you will receive the following rewards:

  • Acknowledgement on Social Media
  • Invitation to our Virtual Fall Plant-based Workshop (8 complimentary registrations - you may pass along the additional seven to family and friends)
  • Professional bio for you or your company
  • Complete line of The Happy Lentil vegan dips and spreads shipped to you overnight (U.S. only): Lentil Walnut Hummus, Pimento Cheese Hummus, Eggless Tofu Salad, Spinach Dip and Potato Salad
10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward