NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is thrilled to support the Millrace Kitchen, an incubator space designed to support food business startups. Since opening in 2017, over 40 food businesses have worked out of the kitchen space at 40 South Main Street.
In this series, you’ll Meet the Millrace Members, get a sense of what it takes to start a food business and learn of some incredible food and baked goods being made right in downtown Woonsocket.
Tell us about yourself and your business.
My name is Alli Liguori, and I am the founder of Eat For You company. Started in January of 2020, Eat For You Co. is a vegan snack food company committed to strengthening the link between physical and mental well-being. On a mission to destigmatize mental illness and promote holistic wellness, EFY donates a portion of its proceeds to mental health organizations and causes.
With consumer health in mind, EFY vegan energy bites offer a nutrient-dense alternative to other, heavily-processed snack foods. This holistic approach is also used as the backbone for the business– At EFY we believe that entrepreneurship, business, and social impact can all exist within the same company. With the goal of being “not-only-for-profit”, I hope to make EFY both a successful business and also a thriving social enterprise.
What type of food do you make?
Eat For You makes vegan snack foods. We currently make vegan energy bites and granola. Energy bites are our most popular item and currently come in three flavors– Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Cinnamon Almond.
How can customers find you?
Customers can currently find EFY products online at www.eatforyouco.com, as well as CORE Studios in Providence, L’Arstisan Cafe in Wayland Square, Cyclebar locations in Massachusetts, as well as Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina. More to come soon!
What are your food business dreams?
My dreams for EFY are limitless and evolve more and more each day. Started as a side hustle while in grad school, I want EFY to be a full-time, legitimate business and social enterprise in the future. I want to expand my business and my mission as far as it can possibly go.
Given the prevalence of mental health issues and the need for awareness on college campuses, one of my goals this year is to get my product on as many university campuses as possible. Another important goal for the company is to get the product into grocery stores so that I can share my mission with an even larger demographic.
Interested in starting up your own food business? Need for a baker or caterer for your next event? Looking for a unique space to hold a party? Visit the Millrace Kitchen to learn more about our offerings.