Thriving communities built on equal access to healthy food.
In Louisiana, Top Box Foods engages with community partners and uses an innovative supply chain distribution model to make healthy food affordable and accessible for all.
The Makin' Groceries Program operates using an innovative supply chain model to deliver healthy and affordable grocery boxes to neighborhoods, especially those located in food insecure areas. We build strategic partnerships with local community organizations and places of worship, establishing them as convenient delivery sites where members and neighbors can pick up grocery boxes with products such as fresh fruits and vegetables along with frozen meats, fish, and poultry.
The Healthy Corner Store Collaborative doubles as a business development and public health initiative. We work alongside corner store operators in areas with limited food access to increase the amount of fresh, healthy foods offered in-stores. Program components include produce distribution, technical assistance, capacity enhancement, marketing materials and nutrition education so that the produce offered is "Good 2 Go." This program is brought to life in collaboration with Propeller Incubator, Liberty's Kitchen, and the City of New Orleans among other collaborators.
The story of Top Box Foods starts with its founders: Chris and Shelia Kennedy. Chris Kennedy, son of Ethel and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was taught early in life that a man should truly measure his worth on how he has served his community. Sheila Berner Kennedy, Chris’s wife and co-founder of Top Box Foods, was raised with similar values. Her mother dedicated skills and tenderness for 25 years as a social worker at Howard Area Community Center in Chicago, where there is now a building named in her honor. Chris and Sheila have worked tirelessly over the years on social justice issues. Both served on the board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which Chris also chaired. Together they share the passion to improve the lives of others and help those who struggle to provide vital nutrition for their families.
Started in May of 2012, Top Box Foods has been delivering the mission of creating access to healthy and affordable foods by working with communities in Chicago and Lake County, IL as well as in New Orleans, LA.