Today we’d like to introduce you to Marasha Blakley.
Hi Marasha, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Marilyn’s Divine Meals is a minority woman-owned small business organized to present opportunities for healthier eating habits to individuals, families, and the community at large. Our services include freshly prepared meals from our “Health Village” or “Meals for the Soul” menus, Nutrition Coaching, and meal prepping tools. Marilyn’s Health Tools provides access to our favorite kitchen tools, tasty recipes, meal planning, nutrition consulting, exercise tips, and keeps you up to date with current health topics. It is vital to provide our communities with healthy, nutritious meals that would benefit their health and wellness. We believe that every effort to support our communities is phenomenal and our company focuses on providing balanced, budget-friendly meals so that individuals will have the opportunity to learn that they can prepare healthy meals at an affordable cost.
After dealing with personal health issues for the past five years, I discovered that my eating habits contributed to the gastrointestinal issues I was having. I started looking for other ways to eat healthier as well as cost-efficient food options. I started watching videos and following dieticians on social media. After discovering foods that triggered my illness, I had to find ways to eat nutritious foods on the go, and that’s when I decided to try meal prepping. Learning how to cook at a young, I already knew my way around the kitchen. I started researching different recipes and food combinations and started prepping ten meals to last me through the workweek. Once my friends/family saw what I was doing, they encouraged me to start a business. I started my business in 2019 while still residing in Texas, where most of my clientele also had health issues or were working out bodybuilding. Having a degree in Public Health as well as working in the healthcare field, I saw how important it was to have healthy food options for our communities, especially in the many food deserts that exist. I am passionate about Public Health and healthcare and feel that it all starts with our environment and what we consume in our bodies. By incorporating healthy meals and lifestyle changes, we as a community can help improve the health outcomes of our communities.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The challenges I currently face consist of not having a platform locally to promote our services. Being an implant to St. Louis, I have found it very difficult to network and get the word out about my business to people who will benefit the most from it. I also find it challenging to secure business funding for small, minority businesses that are less than five years old.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy & Administration I hold a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration.
I specialize in health education, health administration, health policy & advocacy, process improvement, and community health. I am most proud of accomplishing my goal of owning a business that is meant to give back to the community in a non-traditional way. I feel that my professional expertise allows me a greater opportunity to make a difference in food security in our underserved communities as well as fostering healthier eating habits for everyone.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
My favorite childhood memory was cooking dinner with my grandma after school. She taught me how to make various dinner meals as well as baking sweets.
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