Kanifya Lamar was just another mom whose children wanted ice cream every time they passed a McDonald's. But she didn't cave in. And she wouldn't just drive by and forget about it. And now she has done something about it.
She's created "Oh So D’Lish," a 100 percent fruit juice sorbet. She describes it as a simple, yet nutritious and tasty snacking
alternative to school lunch programs. "Our product caters to children
and encourages healthy eating habits.," she said. "We are a start-up with a cause –
inspiring kids to become lifelong healthy eaters."
A Paulding resident since 2006 and a single mother of two, Lamar says she's a major food conscious foodie who has
invested the last 27 months researching and developing the “D’Lishables” frozen novelty product line. Each individual container has at least
50 percent fruit, which meets the school lunch requirements of a half cup of
fruit. Her hope is that school children will soon be consuming this all-natural,
naturally sweetened premium quality snacks that is accessible and
affordable. Her product contains no preservative and no additives.
In order to complete the final stage of production and get the D’Lishables into the bellies of children, she is reaching out to the community for
support as she gets ready to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help raise
funding to assist with manufacturing and distribution fees.
everyone to go online to and support us," she said. "We are offering generous rewards including samples."
As a little girl growing up in Cleveland, Ohio Lamar learned the important
values of self-motivation, commitment and always giving back to the
community by watching her father run his own construction business
getting up at 5 a.m. every morning and returning home well after 9 p.m. every night.
"I happen to be a very health conscious mom and teach my children healthy
habits," she said. "Well, they kept asking me for McDonald's every time we would
ride by. Therefore, I decided to research what is in ice cream to make
it so addictive. I then attended a week long short course in North
Caroline that teaches how to make gelato and sorbet.
"After working with University of Georgia-Griffin Campus Food Pic program and being able to utilize their equipment solidified my concept. Moreover, receiving
positive feedback from my kids and their friends made me really feel
good. My daughter said to me she would like to have our D'Lishables for lunch at school. Since then, it has been my social responsibility to
inspire children to eat become healthy eaters through Oh So D'Lish.
"Our goal is to get the D'Lishables in Paulding County school system along with the 34 County that are apart of the Georgia Education Cooperative," she said.
Some of the Counties include:
Bartow County School System
Calhoun City School System
Cartersville City School System
Catoosa County School System
Chattooga County School System
Chickamauga City School System
Dade County School System
Dalton City School System
Dawson County School System
Douglas County School System
Fannin County Schools
Floyd County School System
Gilmer County School System
Gordon County School System
Haralson City School System
Marietta City School System
Murray County School System
Paulding County School System
Pickens County School System
Walker County School System
Whitfield County School System