Hello everyone! Christine here, the founder of Alms + Fare, to tell you a bit about us. I have always been interested in the effect of food on our bodies; the way it makes us feel, the energy it gives us, and how it has the ability to draw us in closer to our community. As I started to learn about the impact of nutritious food, I noticed it was difficult to find unprocessed foods free of preservatives and chemicals, especially in the snack world. It was upsetting to see the amount of false advertising, claiming products as "healthy". Instead, if you dig deeper into the ingredients, are not healthy in the slightest. By this point, I was ready to suit up for my healthy food crusade, to confront all the false information out there; the diets, the fads, and the labeling. I figured, there was no better way to start than providing people with food that was truly nutritious, inside and out. Creating a truly "healthy" snack was a way to fill the void in the market, sadly which many people don't know is there. I committed to myself and my company that I would be dedicated to using wholesome, organic, and quality ingredients, always.
So, what are 'Alms', and where does this come in to the picture? Simply said, 'Alms' means charitable giving, in any form. Ever since I was young, I've had an inclination to give and serve. It took a few mission trips and volunteer hours building houses for me to realize what I specifically wanted to give my time and money to. What is the fundamental necessity every single person on this earth requires? Food. Simple, right? Not quite. A majority of the world is malnourished. Our minds immediately go to starving children in developing nations, but let's break it down. Malnourishment, or "bad" nourishment, means people are improperly fed, being both under and over nourished with the wrong foods. So, not only are people under fed, but those who have the luxury of being over fed, don't feed their bodies well.
This fueled the health crusade even further, and showed me what truly gets me fired up - the worlds food system and malnourishment. Undernourishment in developing nations, over-nourishment in America (including the countries adopting our food culture), and false marketing and labeling. What can one individual do about the entire worlds food system? Start small, and grow. Begin educating, unveiling, and advocating. Giving time and money to educate the public about our food system, and provide nourishing food! This is exactly what I created Alms + Fare to serve.
These two passions of mine - wellness + serving others are the cornerstone of Alms + Fare. I believe the foundation of a healthful life and society is proper nutrition, education, and community. Our mission is to provide a wholesome snack to our customers, while educating about and giving healthy food to those in the Chattanooga area.