Vegan Bodega opens location in Atlanta to fight food insecurity
Store in Los Angeles’ beloved vegan corner LaRayia Bodega extends its brand to the east coast. The all-vegan bodega will arrive at Atlanta’s Ponce City Market next month, marking the first time the company will open a location outside of Southern California. The all-vegan convenience store serves take-out vegan meals as well as several herbal products. LaRayia’s Los Angeles branch differs from many vegan companies as all of its products are priced under $ 5, making it one of the most affordable plant-based establishments in the United States.
LaRayia’s Bodega in Atlanta will break Los Angeles’ $ 5 standard but intends to donate 10 percent of all profits to Lunch on me ATL – Local Atlanta branch of founder Larayia Gaston’s non-profit organization dedicated to solving food insecurity. New location to join iconic Atlanta vegan restaurant vegan slut at the Ponce City Market, becoming the resort’s second all-plant restaurant.
“We want to eat vegan easy and feel good. Our goal is to take familiar recipes and take them up a notch with ingredients made from the freshest produce, ”Gaston said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing some of what we love about our Los Angeles bodega to Atlanta and supporting the local community. [houseless] community through Lunch On Me.
Donations to Gaston’s Lunch On Me campaign will go directly to providing meals to food insecure communities in Atlanta. The organization plans to serve vegan meals every Friday at Atlanta’s Woodruff Park.
Gaston’s new quick-service counter will offer Caribbean-inspired herbal dishes and will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The brand’s first spinoff restaurant will feature iconic fare, including vegan ceviche and Gaston’s signature Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit tacos, served with mango salsa. The counter service restaurant will also offer a variety of fresh juices such as Black Girl Magic Lemonade and Moon Juice – Gaston’s personal version of Thai tea.
Bodega de Gaston LaRayia and Lunch On Me nonprofit were launched to fight food insecurity and hunger through plant-based diets. The herbal entrepreneur started Lunch On Me in 2015 when she started serving food to homeless communities on Skid Row in Los Angeles. The organization now provides vegan meals per week to homeless communities in Los Angeles.
Gaston’s mission is to fight famine while minimizing waste in the restaurant industry. Lunch On Me collects food waste from local organic markets to create personalized, individually wrapped meals for homeless people. The nonprofit claims to reach 10,000 people every month.
“[Houseless] people are ignored every day. They are dehumanized and it is really important to restore the understanding of who these people are, ”Gaston said. “I felt it was very important that we were going to be on Skid Row six days a week, that we knew who our neighbors are and that we connected with them.”
Gaston’s Lunch On Me program now has branches in Atlanta, New York, Detroit, Austin, and Honolulu. The organization plans to continue its campaign against food insecurity through plant-based foods. The company also recently established its first international branch in the Dominican Republic.
“We have been fortunate to bring our mark of love to many places. We have chosen cities that need it, mainly the hometowns of our team members, ”Gaston told VegNews. “We want to support everyone. We plan to go global and bring love wherever we travel.
Gaston’s LaRayia Bodega will be accompanying Atlanta vegan entrepreneur Pinky Cole’s Bar Vegan, also located at Ponce City Market. Cole’s Slutty Vegan Empire is growing in the south with two locations outside of Ponce City Market and another location slated to open in Birmingham, Alabama. The restaurant owner’s association The Pinky Cole Foundation funds several social justice initiatives that help black communities across Atlanta. Last year, Cole raised funds to pay the tuition fees of 30 students at Clark Atlanta University, and his nonprofits continue to sponsor legal, economic, educational and other campaigns across the city.