Step into the world of Shaquin Thomas, a dynamic entrepreneur, accomplished author, and dedicated community activist. As the holiday season unfolds, Shaquin seamlessly weaves together her roles as a business owner, mother, and philanthropist. From preparing Thanksgiving feasts to hitting the streets with care packages for the less fortunate, Shaquin’s commitment to giving back is both inspiring and impactful. In this interview, Shaquin shares her annual tradition preparing holiday dinners and her generosity that knows no bounds.
Shaquin finds purpose and fulfillment in the act of giving. Delving into the unique challenges she faces in combining community activism with running a successful catering business. Looking toward the future, Shaquin dreams big for her catering business, Soul to Table Catering. Join us as we explore the heartwarming and inspiring journey of Shaquin Thomas, a woman dedicated to nourishing both bodies and souls in her community.
What’s new and upcoming in the world of Shaquin Thomas the business owner, author, and community activist?
Shaquin: Stay tuned for some exciting endeavors in 2024! Not only will a new cookbook be hitting shelves but I will have an entire line of food items such as grits, pancake mixes and more!
Tell us about the recent community projects or initiatives that you have led or been involved in.
Shaquin: I prepared Thanksgiving dinner and early Thanksgiving morning, I went out and served the homeless and less fortunate people in my community. This is an annual goal of mine every year. I also serve on Christmas morning as well. I purchase items an abundance of socks, gloves, soap, sanitary napkins, blankets and more and I make individual kits to distribute.
What is the holiday season like for you personally and professionally?
Shaquin: Professionally, the holiday season is the busiest time of the year for me. It is non stop from November until January! Personally, I’m a proud mother of three beautiful kids and with the excitement of the upcoming holidays, it’s never a dull moment in my household!
What are some challenges you have faced in combining your passion for community activism with running a successful catering business, and how did you overcome them?
Shaquin: For me, the challenges that come with combining community activism and my catering business have been minimal. It is actually advantageous. I am able to give back in various ways and actually serve them food simultaneously.
How do you envision expanding the positive impact of Soul to Table Catering on the local community in the future.
Shaquin: My vision for the future is to turn a vacant building into a shelter and soup kitchen into one. The homelessness crisis is rising and it hurts my heart. I can’t save the world but I can serve and make a difference one person at a time.
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