How did SUPPLY Bulk Foods come about, you ask?
So, I'm an artist, which really makes me an entrepreneur by nature, but have never dreamed of being anything else. I was a film major, a sculptor in metals and textiles and an installation artist but had no idea that I would one day be a food entrepreneur.
I am, however, a lifelong environmentalist and once I left Massachusetts General Hospital after 14 years, and many years chairing the recycling committee, I knew I wanted to take my experience and continue with it because, I felt, that people weren't taking our plastics problem seriously enough. I talked to everyone I could find who would talk to me and was advised that I would starve to death pursuing this goal.
After talking to the city of Boston's environmental department, and being asked to volunteer to go to local businesses in my area of Dorchester, and convince them to go zero waste, I realized that wasn't going to work. I thought about it for a few days and realized that the only way to really make a difference was to show people how it can be easy to go plastic free.
This online form of SUPPLY is the third and best version of it but I have to say that during the pandemic, Fields Corner, in Dorchester had a community refrigerator that always needed restocking. On Tuesdays, when the trucks would come in, the line would form around the block. That sealed my idea as something that had to happen and strengthened my resolve.
It's been a long, winding and difficult road but I believe this is what I'm meant to do.