Let’s be real, while it’s important to maintain a nutritious diet, it isn’t always the easiest to purchase healthy foods, especially for those living in neighborhoods that fail to provide grocery stores and restaurants with fresh and whole foods.
Well, 21-year-old Francesca Sol Chaney opened up her own vegan spot in Brooklyn Sol Sips, to provide healthy, convenient and affordable food options for everyone. As a full-time student, doula and now restaurateur, Francesca Chaney knows about the struggle of juggling a busy life and a healthy, balanced and affordable nutrition.
She believes that people in low-income areas do not necessarily prefer fast food over healthy food, but in a world of expensive green juices and superfoods, those with fixed incomes may not have much of a choice. “The wellness community can be really classist,” Chaney explained to Essence Magazine.
In 2017, Francesca was offered the opportunity to open a pop-up cafe in Bushwick. Initially, it was meant to be a three-month project but has now become Sol Sips’ permanent home.
Partnering with her mother Emeli, a nutritionist, the duo is now offering a fully plant-based menu including vegan omelets, soups, and wraps. On weekends, brunch is served on an affordable menu, where anyone can purchase a completely vegan meal, ranging from $7-$15.
“My mission to help close the accessibility gap in wellness,” she said.
And her work does not end there. Francesca plans to have Sol Sips include a farm-to-table program, as well as launch an internship program for girls of color in low-income Brooklyn neighborhoods!
Even if you aren’t vegan, you can support Francesca’s cause by donating to her GoFundMe. However, for all of the vegans in NYC, you should definitely add Sol Sips to your list of restaurants to try!