Restart The Lancaster Food Company!
$12,401 of $20,000 goal
We lost an investment and had to lay off all of our co-workers--22 people in all. We need to get them back to work! Can you help? We're so grateful for the outpouring of support from our customers since our the news came out, and especially from the Lancaster community.
Why we created The Lancaster Food Company
We started The Lancaster Food Company to hire people with obstacles to employment out of poverty and into good jobs. We're a second-chance employer, meaning we also hire people with records of incarceration--everyone deserves a second chance. Starting pay is $15/hr plus benefits, and we planned to offer employee ownership in 2018, because people should benefit from the value they help create.
What we do
To do this we make amazing certified organic breads and sell them through grocery stores and to restaurants. At the time of our closing, we were in over 350 stores and restaurants.
We do what we do well: Prevention Magazine named our organic sprouted multigrain its "Best Clean Packaged Bread" in 2016, and Pennsylvania Certified Organic named us its "Top Organic Manufacturer".
A commercial bakery like ours takes investment to get to profitability--and we're so close!
We've been growing fast, and expect to be profitable sometime this Spring. Unfortunately we lost an investment of $250,000 so we had to shut down--it's especially hard on our employees with the holidays coming up.
The only thing we can offer at the moment in exchange for your donation is our deepest gratitude and the continuation of our mission to make delicious organic breads, hire people out of poverty and into good jobs, and support organic farmers as close to home as possible.
How will we use the funds?
We know that raising $250k is a long shot and we might fall short, but we will add whatever's raised to what we raise from investors (there's new interest!). We know there are people like you who believe in our mission as much as we do and want to help. If we come up short, we will use the money we raise to help our co-workers land on their feet and cover other expenses. Our management team will not be paid out of these funds.
We do believe that, with your help, combined with other investors, we can get back to work and get to sustainabiity.
And that would be amazing.
(If you're more interested in investing, federal law only allows us to raise money from "accredited investors"; you must earn more than $200,000/year or over $1 million in assets. For more information, please contact us through this page or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lancasterfoodcompany). ￼￼ ￼
We realized we forgot to update you about our progress so we'd like to share a bit. First, thank you again for your generosity! Our employees were truly appreciative with the help you gave while they were out of work.
In January we restarted and have been working to build the business. Nine investors combined to get us the funding we need to hopefully get to sustainability.
As part of that, we launched our online store and a new line of products: organic cookies! You can get our new Organic Sprouted Chocolate Chip Cookies and breads at the store here:
We currently have a lot of opportunities we're hoping to close in the next month or so, including business with Shoprite, Amazon, Whole Foods, Giant, Giant Eagle, and many independent natural food stores.
We're grateful for your support, and hope you're having a wonderful year so far.