I am Richa Gupta, founder of Good Food For Good. I grew up in India and was used to eating fresh home cooked food. When I became a mom and my job as a marketing executive became busy I found it challenging to find prepared shortcuts that met my expectations in terms of ingredients and taste. I grew frustrated with all the compromises I was expected to make for convenience.

Driven to make a difference through food, I launched Good Food for Good in late 2013. For me this was an answer to my quest to finding my purpose. I struggled for years contemplating my purpose in life, this idea of making a difference in lives through good food was exciting and fulfilling. Inspired by the Buy 1 Give 1 model of TOMS, I started Good Food For Good with a Buy 1 Feed 1 Model and have proudly fed over 40,000 people till date and made a positive difference in over 80,000 meals

I am super excited to be part of the YOSO community as it brings together like minded people who are all trying to help create a kinder world. Love for food is one of the anything that unites all of us and I am so excited to be part of this community that is committed to bringing change through FOOD. I have always looked to surround myself with like-minded people; thoughtful, giving and creative. Yoso genuinely cares about the people eating their product as much as the ingredients and the product itself. That is a community I am very proud to be a part of.

We asked a few questions about her dairy-free lifestyle as part of this series, Living Dairy Free:

Why are you dairy-free? 

Over three years I sought the help of a naturopath, she suggested I remove dairy along with gluten and refined sugar from my diet. It changed my life. My Psoriasis, almost instantaneously, improved.

Favourite dairy-free products?

Honestly, Yoso. Since discovering Yoso, I have found some incredible artisans who create coconut yogurt but Yoso provides a great quality product and a steady supply chain, for me that’s everything. I love ice cream, now I create all of my favourite flavours using Yoso’s coconut yogurt.

Favourite local spot to eat that accommodates dairy-free?

I know it’s not what you’re looking for but, my kitchen. I’m comfortable with the ingredients I use and I enjoy my food.  I find many of the places I frequent accommodate me but you really never know.

Favourite place to shop for groceries? 

Local markets, directly from the farmers or forgers would be number one place to shop, for sure. I referenced my need for a steady supply chain, well farmers markets can’t  afford me the same convenience as my second favourite place to shop; Fiesta Farms. As much as I love the markets, Fiesta Farms has most everything I need; local, organic produce, organic dry goods and incredible oils and vinegars.

I buy my fish from De La Mer because they offer sustainably caught seafood. That’s important to me.

For my meat, I choose Roast and Bespoke butchers. Pasture raised animals make sense to me. Although I don’t eat a lot of meat, my family does and it’s important to me to support local or Canadian bread animals. Happy animals.

Connect with Richa at goodfoodforgood.ca