A first-time mom, Daria Chimicles, founder of Cub Pantry, wanted to find the most nutritious snacks for her toddler. “It was difficult to find snacks that were both healthy and didn’t taste like cardboard,” Chimicles said. “There was no one place where I could go to find good, tasty snacks.” Chimicles had been laid off due to COVID, so she decided to create her own.
Cub Pantry has a catalog of delicious, nutritious snacks approved by a pediatric dietician and taste-tested by the pickiest of eaters. The items are organic, non-GMO, all-natural, low in sugar, and low in trans and saturated fats. There are also vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free options to accommodate every diet.
The monthly snack kit subscription includes an assortment of snacks from the marketplace to try out. “The idea is that you find out which snacks your child likes through the kit, and then you purchase more of those snacks in the marketplace. The next month, you discover more snacks with your new kit.” The snack kit reviews have been positive, with one customer, Alexandra M., writing: “My kids love picking out a different snack each day for school, and I love knowing they are much healthier than what I can find at the grocery store. [We] have found some new favorite brands we love!”
The snack kit and seamless shopping experience save parents a trip to the grocery store, which can be overwhelming, inconvenient, and these days, poses a risk of contracting the virus. “We are trying to do our part to help slow the spread,” Chimicles said, “with contactless shipping and an all-virtual business model. But, beyond the pandemic, we see ourselves offering our customers exceptional convenience and ease in finding the healthiest snacks for their children.”
According to the CDC, the rate of obesity for children under 11 years old is 14.85%, and that number is only increasing. Obesity at a young age can lead to asthma, diabetes, fatty liver disease, and many other adverse health effects. “It’s more important than ever to make sure we supply our children with a healthy diet,” Chimicles said. “With so many sugary, carb-heavy, cheap snacks out there, it’s easy to fall into a routine that’s setting your child up for a less healthy future.”