About Us

Kizingo co founder Dr. Kiyah Duffey

Meet the co-founders

Co-founders Kiyah and Lisa share Maine roots, but their paths first crossed during their PhD research in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ten years later, their paths crossed again.


This time they were both moms - with 7 kids between them - and they rediscovered a shared passion for food, creativity, and an interest in helping little ones develop healthy mealtime habits.


You see, they knew what parents could do to help their kids succeed at mealtime and learn to love eating healthy foods, but didn't see the right tools to help them do that. When the right products just couldn't be found Kizingo was born!

Kiyah and her daughter in Tanzania

Meet Kizingo

In 2010, Kiyah and her husband lived and worked in Tanzania. As a nutritionist and mother to a little girl who was just learning to eat solid foods, Kiyah eagerly experimented with fresh local produce - much of it new to her family - and local recipes. The name KIZINGO means CURVED in Swahili and honors that time of exploration and discovery.

More to the Story

Like you, we have kids who complain about the food we make at dinner, frequently giving us a good dose of whine with each meal.

But for our research experience – and the knowledge and confidence this has given – we would be filled with doubt. Doubt that our kids’ behavior was normal, doubt that our approach to feeding would eventually bring about positive change, and doubt that we were doing the best we could for our kids at mealtime. If you feel this way, you are not alone.

But guess what? We’ve GOT YOU! We have supreme confidence that if you follow our simple mealtime plan consistently and confidently, you will see change.

Say goodbye to doubt and guilt, and hello to happier, healthier mealtimes.