Vegan Cookies, Anyone?
Few things are more powerful than a black woman who has said, “Move, I’ll do it.” Entrepreneur Denise Woodard deserves all the cookies in the world for starting Partake Foods, the delicious, vegan cookies that are providing dietary solutions and an excellent taste. This New Jersey mom was looking to take on the food allergies her young daughter faces. Denise grew tired of looking for safe alternatives; nothing was making the cut. In true boss-like form, she stepped up to the plate and crafted up her own healthy snack. Can’t take the heat? Move over and let this cookie queen get to bakin’ up some solutions! We invite you to meet Denise Woodard, Queen of Healthy Snacking!
Where do you find inspiration? or the inspiration to keep going?: I found the inspiration to launch Partake Foods because of my 3 year old daughter Vivienne's struggle with food allergies. I was frustrated with the existing meal and snack options - When I found things Vivienne could eat, they either didn't meet my nutritional standards or tasted like cardboard. Also, from an emotional perspective, so many social events are centered around food, and I didn't want my daughter (or the 15M other Americans who suffer from food allergies) to feel excluded.
What does your company stand for?: At Partake Foods, our mission is to bring peace of mind to those with dietary restrictions and simple enjoyment to those without. I want people to associate Partake Foods with inclusiveness and yummy food, made with high-quality ingredients.
How has your business made you a better person?: I've become a much better listener. I learned very quickly that there are lots of things that I don't know and reaching out to subject matter experts has made a ton of difference in growing our business. I've found that this has also translated to personal relationships.
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What makes you HUMAN?: The everyday struggle! I'm consistently humbled by the struggle of being a good wife, mom, friend, and Founder. Understanding my limits and weaknesses and relying on my village for help is a daily great reminder that I'm human!