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Food Access In Indiana - Chef Oya Cares!
$2,363 raised
24% of $10k goal
47 contributors
107 Weeks running
Assist Chef Oya in expanding her brand of Deliciously Dope Food and help others gain access to fresh produce in one of the largest food deserts in the country- Indianapolis, Indiana.


I'm Chef Oya.

I'm here to request to your assistance in helping me begin to bring food access back to Indianapolis.

One of my earliest memories is standing on a chair at the kitchen sink with my father learning how to peel and devein shrimp. I was around the age of 7. From that moment, my love of all things culinary began. I've had several jobs in and out of the food service industry over the years. From serving to hosting and running a full catering business, I know food. Food is my passion, feeding people is my love language.

In May 2016, I branched out and started decided to start a seafood delivery service in my hometown of Indianapolis. I curated a menu consisting of "florida style" seafood: crab, shrimp, lobster and salmon with a delicious house made garlic herb butter sauce.

I also enlisted the season-blending expertise of my business bestie, award winning blogger and food educator: Candace Boyd Wylie. She developed the famed "YoungBae" blend and The TRAP was born.

We've developed a beautifully large base of supporters that come back week after week to eat, love and share their experience. For that I am truly grateful.

For reasons dear to my heart and great for the local economy, I decided to use vendors that have locally grown produce. I started this business because I'm based in one of the largest food deserts in the nation. Because of that, The TRAP is thwarted to be geared:

T oward R estoring food A ccess to the P eople.

The TRAP has grown by leaps and bounds in a short time. It has outgrown its capacity as simply a lunchtime delivery service. It's time to grow. I have scouted and found the perfect spot for the flagship TRAP location.

As stated earlier, being set in the middle of one of the largest food deserts in the nation, I am aiming to provide the people in this community access to fresh food and produce that is within their neighborhood. No one should have to go 6-10 miles to grab a crisp apple or a hot meal. That is why the TRAP matters.

The location is perfect, but it isn't without its issues. I've been able to secure the building. But there are some repairs that need to be done. We need signage, painting and the outside space needs some love, work and we also need to get some additional equipment ie the proper coolers, warmers, shelves and racks needed to make our plans come into fruition.

I love Indianapolis. I love it's people. I love preparing food and I'd love to be able to continue to provide my community with the same great level of service that I have been, in addition to providing some fresh, new options not otherwise provided.

Come through! Dig into your pockets and let’s do this together! Any little bit helps.

If you can’t help by donating, please help by sharing this with all your friends on all your social media sites. <3

I give thanks in advance for everything!

Chef Oya

~Trap Goddess~

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