Askinosie Chocolate is taking his unique approach to partnering with cocoa bean farmers around the world to the next level. The Springfield chocolatier is now selling Tableya, a traditional Filipino hot chocolate beverage made of roasted cocoa beans. It comes from the Davao region of the Phillipines, and the proceeds from the sale will help buy meals for children in one school there.
The Tableya is produced and packaged by the Parent Teachers Association at the Malagos School (where Askinosie sources cocoa beans).
They will be shipped to the Askinosie Chocolate factory on the same container as the cocoa beans.
On a recent trip to Davao, Shawn Askinosie met with Malagos School officials who explained
that many of the students suffer from malnutrition.
Askinosie asked the Malagos PTA to make Tableya so Askinosie Chocolate could sell it to their customers and fund the school lunch program. Askinosie bought 800 units of Tableya for $1 per unit, and plans to sell them for $10. The $9 profit will fund a school year of lunches for 579 students; that's more than 111,000 meals for the school year.