Shri Bark Snacks: Born In 2014!
Alison Bologna opened Shri Studio, an urban outreach yoga studio, in downtown Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 2009. During that time, while she taught yoga, her partner, the foodie of the pair, spent his time baking snacks in their loft.
When people started asking for more, the two decided to try it out in the retail market with a test launch in 2014 at Shri's 3rd annual Yogathon fundraiser. Within the month, the largest WholeFoods in Rhode Island invited them in and onto their shelves!
More markets followed. Then coffee shops. Students and teachers began to help the pair run demo tables in their local stores, and the labels began to mature with Heather, Shri's amazing studio manager and artist, dressing up "Sam," the Shri warrior on the Shri Bark label, in colorful shorts and hats to reflect Shri Bark's expanding flavor line.
And while all of this has kept the Shri team busy, its yoga studio, where this all began, has continued to grow too! To date, Shri supports thousands of students who without its nonprofit arm wouldn't have access to yoga classes. And Shri Bark snacks are now being introduced to schools and after-school clubs with a yoga+smart snacking curriculum.
Since 2012 Shri Service Corps, a 501(c)3 organization, has funded hundreds of free classes to students in schools, shelters, recovery centers, hospitals and more thanks to successful fundraising and mission-building events all over New England. And now with every purchase you make, Shri Bark snacks are giving back portions of proceeds to keep Shri's mission sustainable by making it the region's only 'karma-packed snack'!
And now, Shri Bark, has launched a new line: A Smart School Snack!
Shri's yoga + smart snacking program in the news!
Providence middle-school program is the latest effort from WJAR-TV anchor, a yoga teacher who has developed a line of healthy snacks.
"I feel like a weight was lifted off my shoulders," says Wildalys Cosme, 14. "You get a lot of exercise and it helps you think about everything," says Sotida Pung, 13 "Every time I see it I feel like bursting into tears. It's what I imagined for so long,” says Nicole Mathis, the principal of Nathanael Greene Middle School. A centuries-old practice and a just-developed product are coming together for a yearlong project in this Providence school, where a new program of yoga and smart snacking is being tested. The Healthy Students, Balanced Schools initiative is the latest effort from Alison Bologna, the popular WJAR-TV NBC 10 News anchor, a certified yoga teacher who runs her own studio, leads a nonprofit, and has recently developed a healthy snack line.
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