Deja Durant, the owner of Mind, Body and Soul Food is the winner of a $1,000 grant as well as the opportunity to attend a Day of Mentoring business panel to learn and enhance their business knowledge on subjects such as Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation and Digital Marketing.
To celebrate Black History Month in 2021, Deja Durant was nominated by New England AT&T employees because of the impact his restaurant, Mind, Body and Soul Food has in the community.
Mind, Body and Soul Food restaurant opened in the later part of 2020. During his tenure as a black owned business he has faced many obstacles including opening a restaurant during a pandemic. Durant has not only provided a quality restaurant to our community; he has also shown a level of care, and compassion by giving back to our community.
AT&T employees have been so impressed with Mr. Durant’s outreach. Here are just a few of the events he has hosted in his restaurant for the Meriden residents: Halloween treat bags for all kids in costume – no purchases necessary to receive a treat; He donated turkeys to families in need during Thanksgiving, providing for four families in need; He has had a toy drive and distribution for the holidays, which provided not only toys to children in need but also hygiene products, coats, hats and gloves to anyone who was in need; He supports community charity organizations including a recent event where 10 percent of the proceeds went to The Boys and Girls Club of Meriden.