5 Power Women In The Food Industry You Need To Know

During Women’s History Month Freshtable will be shedding light on the importance of gender equality in the food industry by celebrating women worldwide! Celebrating women who have become true inspirational sources and pioneers in their industry is of great importance. Yet, we see a lack of such celebration in the food industry. At Freshtable we welcome any opportunity to shed light on such matters and would like to introduce you to these 5 impactful women in the food industry you should know.

1. Ndidi Nwuneli
Nwuneli is a social entrepreneur and founder of LEAP AFRICA; a highly impactful organization empowering Nigerian youth through their training programs on entrepreneurship, and employment skills. Through her other business in agriculture and food AACE Foods, Nwuneli sources food from farmers across Nigeria and examplifies the importance of local sourcing. There is a reason why Nwuneli has been named on the Forbes “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa,” and as an honoree for the Global Fund for Women. Nwuneli is a true inspiration for many women in the food sector by changing the current industry through her impactful leadership.

2. Kavita Shukla
If you love female inventors and sustainability, Kavita Shukla is definitely going to be a woman you’ll love! Kavita Shukla is the brilliant inventor and founder of FreshPaper. With years of research into finding the most sustainable alternative to food protection, Shukla was inspired by her Indian grandmother, seeking solutions to food waste. With her Harvard BA degree, Kavita developed her sustainable business. Freshpaper is an unique invention where antibacterial sheets are used to prevent herbs and food from spoiling. With her antibacterial sheets, Shukla aims to tackle the current global food waste challenge. Today, Freshpaper aids millions of farmers and families around the globle with food waste. Kavita has been named to the Forbes “30 under 30” list and TIME Magazine‘s “5 Most Innovative Women in Food.”

3.Shantel Walker

From pizza fastfood worker to impactful activist? Yes that’s exactly what Shantel Walker became. For almost two decades Walker worked under the conditions of terribly low wages when she decided to refuse to accept the unlivable wages, long working hours and working conditions many fast food chains uphold. She joined the Fight for $15, fighting for an increase of the minimum wage for food industry workers in the US. At Freshtable we find it important to uphold a fair wage system, where individuals are recognized for their work, talents, efforts and contributions and treated in an equal, fair and humane manner. Affordable fair food can only be offered if we offer fair wages to all employees.

4.Sana Javeri Kadri

Is it possible to deconstruct colonial trade practices through female entrepreneurship? Yes! Sana Javeri is the 24 year old founder of Diaspora. CO., using her business to deconstruct colonial trade practices by bringing back tumeric to the Indian farmers. Through her efforts she became a true champion for women, immigrants and queer people of color by examplifying how one can put money back into the hands of farmers in India and people of color in California. Understanding where our food comes from and what system currently holds the distribution process into place, is very important to Freshtable. We vouch for an equal world where we as a society educate ourselves and raise awareness on the history behind many food items. Kadri’s efforts to the decolonisation of the turmeric trade is one we would like to celebrate with you!

5.Collette Divitto

Collette Divitto is a true trailblazer who did not let her born condition of Down syndrome define her or her future, she studied hard and completed the Clemson University’s LIFE program a year early. Seeking a career path Collette moved to Boston where her dreams were unfortunately met with disappointment – Collette was rejected at all job interviews she attended. But that setback couldn’t stop her. She was now even more even more resolved to pursue her dreams. After no one would hire her, Collette turned her baking hobby into a booming business named Collettey’s. Now her customers can purchase Collettey’s cookies at locations in Massachusetts, California, Connecticut also online.

“My favorite part of my company is creating more jobs for people with all types of disabilities,” Collette said. “…Do not let people bring you down and do not give up on your careers and dreams because when one door closes, another door opens.” We love Collette’s story as she inspires a side of Freshtable where we aim to accelerate the labor market positions of many individuals including former refugees. With a longer distance to the labor market, specific groups in society are still discriminated against on a daily basis. At Freshtable we want to change that. Everyone deserves the equality of opportunity and access to the labor market and with our support and mentor-mentee programs we hope to change the world just like Collette!

Here’s to inspiring women in the food industry! May we celebrate them every day and learn from their journeys in the most impactful ways.

Written by: Yasmina for Freshtable

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