Jul 26, 2014

Local Mom Wants Her Sweet, Natural Treat in Your School

The Paulding mom has a start-up business she hopes will inspire kids to become lifelong healthy eaters.

Local Mom Wants Her Sweet, Natural Treat in Your School Local Mom Wants Her Sweet, Natural Treat in Your School
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.

"We are encouraging 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

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