I grew up with the experience of eating dinner with my family. The dinner hour was special in so many ways. Not only did we nourish our bodies but our minds as well. My parents knew all of my friends without having met half of them, we all knew who my sister was going to the dance with and we heard discussions about politics and social issues as they were debated and explained.
My interest with DinnerUp is to support the family dinner hour in today’s fast paced and demanding world. Gathering around the dinner table can change the world. I conceived of the idea while working as a waiter at a family restaurant. I noticed how many people were getting carry-out for their families. The idea grew as I noticed how hard it was as a single parent working to have that dinner hour. I knew the benefit from experience and research shows how important that socialization is. It is the oldest social networking event known to humankind.
I have rebuilt my life, remarried, doted on my children while instilling a sense of responsibility and service by showing by example how to not be a victim and live an exemplary life. Supporting the family dinner hour by making it convenient to gather around the table with your love ones builds that intention.
This loan is special because:
More about this loan
DinnerUp, LLC is a unique food service dedicated to support the family dinner hour. Nutritious meals in re-usable serving dishes delivered to your home warm in thermal totes, just take out the dishes from the totes and serve it up to your family. When done, put the serving dishes back in the tote, tap the app and we’ll pick it up – easy breazy! No cardboard boxes and plastic ice packs to throw away to landfills, just time to eat!
Register online, select your meal plan and the days you want to spend with your family without the distraction of your busy day and BOOM, you create the connection and goodness the occasion provides.
Included in the totes are fun activities that enhance the time such as downloadable content, games and trivia, movies and entertainment. All intended to make the time with family continue to be abundant.
What is the purpose of this loan?
The loan will be used to hire employees (25%), pay for kitchen rental time from commissaries (12.5%) and purchase food (23%), serving dishes and thermal catering totes (25%) for delivery. The pilot program is designed to show proof of concept by delivering 10 families two meals a week for 4 weeks. The completion of the program will provide basis for expansion to a larger marketing effort thus expanding revenue, increased hiring and services.
The vision I see is to provide the time and space for families to connect as well as promote abundance and sustainability which will not add to a healthy lifestyle but our social responsibility as well.
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year