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Local Vendor Spotlight: Mother May I

Over the past month, we understand that our customers have had many questions surrounding food safety and order fulfillment as our company has adjusted to operating in a pandemic. To continue in our efforts to answer our customers’ concerns, we’ve asked some of our vendors to share their story. 

 

This is Nada’s story from MotherMayi and how COVID-19 has impacted her business.

 

About MotherMayi

 

This Hummus Queen is based in Calgary, AB. Nada, the owner of MotherMayi, offers a variety of vegan hummus dips with no preservatives. Her inspiration comes from her love for food as well as to provide healthy options for her family. You can learn more about her here.

 

How COVID-19 has impacted her businesses

 

“The impacts of COVID-19 were all unknown and all unexpected,” Nada says. Some of the biggest changes she has had to adapt to is keeping her business running with the highest safety measures in place and accessing grocery stores for fresh produce. With all the changes that health officials quickly implemented, she says “it was about how quick you reacted and can adapt, and that’s what’s currently been my safe keeping point”. She also mentioned that many staff layoffs call for longer hours and more physical labour, but she is hoping that this is just temporary. 

 

What ways can you help?

 

Nada says that one of the best things about shopping locally is that it is easy to check in with the food producers. She says, “buy local and support local.” She also asks that customers follow her instagram page (@mothermayibake) to hear recent updates about her operations and see what’s new! You can also help her out by shopping her products on SPUD.ca!

 

Final Thoughts

 

“The challenges created by this health crisis are not a SPUD problem, it’s a food system problem. We really are all in this together, and together we’ll get out of it,” Nada says. She hopes that the community can appreciate what food producers are doing and celebrate the strength that our local food system has demonstrated.

Michelle Austin

Michelle is SPUD's Sustainability Lead. She believes a sustainable food system is the key to creating a environmentally-friendly and just world. You can often find her in the mountains biking, hiking or skiing!

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