About Us

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Our Mission

The Zadie Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization helping to feed and educate children, families and seniors affected by food insecurity in Atlanta. Jenny Levison, owner of  Souper Jenny chose the name to honor her father, Jarvin Levison who is known as Zadie (yiddish for grandfather). "He is my inspiration for cooking and my motivation for getting involved in my community. He also gave me my very first soup recipe, My Dad's Turkey Chili."  For every bowl of My Dad's Turkey Chili sold, Souper Jenny donates the cost to fund a portion of the cooking and packaging of hundreds of quarts of soup to help feed hungry kids and seniors right here in Atlanta.

Our team

Founder - Jenny Levison

Jenny Levison is an actress and entrepreneur, known fondly as ‘Souper Jenny’ which matches the name of her restaurants.

A native Atlantan, she opened her first restaurant 19 years ago with only two employees and $10,000 from a short lived hand modeling career. Today, Jenny no longer has hand model hands, but has created a 'soup empire’ in Atlanta with 46 employees, 4 restaurants with a fifth opening in November. She founded The Zadie Project in 2016, a non-profit working to end hunger in the Atlanta area and is about to take on a one-woman show up in Roswell in the fall.

Jenny spends most of her time cooking, dreaming big and re-enforcing her mission of hospitality "one bowl of soup at a time." She strives daily to strengthen community and for each restaurant guest to feel like they are friends and family in her home.

Resident Farmer - Jeff Collins

Farmer Jeff is responsible for conceiving, designing and operating Souper Farm!

Farmer Jeff's first job as an teenager was working at local farm stand East of Boston. After a summer of field work and market sales, he was hooked. For the last 35 years he has grown or sold produce wholesale or retail.

Before joining The Souper Farm, Farmer Jeff owned and operated a 10-acre mixed vegetables farm south of Atlanta for 12 years. He grew mushrooms, small fruit, herbs, potted plants, cut flowers, and of course, lots of vegetables!

Education Coordinator - Diana Sacks

Diana joined the team in December 2017 after working at the now closed Cafe Jonah for over 2 years. She is a student at Georgia Tech and will graduate in December 2018 with a degree in Environmental Engineering. Diana is committed to education and respecting our bodies by nourishing it with good food that supports our local farmers. She is passionate in the belief that everyone has the right to affordable, and accessible produce. 

 

Board of Directors