Devens, MA – Little Leaf Farms, the brand new, year-round, Massachusetts grown baby greens company, has extended a helping hand to their neighbors by donating fresh produce to local food banks.
“Little Leaf Farms is on a mission to help the food insecure community in our own neighborhoods,” said Tim Cunniff, Little Leaf Farms co-founder and EVP of Sales and Marketing. “We are developing relationships with those on the front lines dealing with these issues and are committed to doing our part to help those in need.”
Co-founders of Little Leaf Farms, Paul Sellew and Tim Cunniff, are proud to announce they have set up a program to regularly donate fresh produce to the Greater Boston Food Bank, Beverly Bootstraps, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc. and more.
“The Greater Boston Food Bank has a commitment to promoting healthy lives and communities,” said Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank. “One of the big ways we can do this is by providing fresh fruits and vegetables to our clients. This year, we’re on track to distribute approximately 57 million pounds of food across eastern Massachusetts and 25% of that is fresh produce.”
According to the Greater Boston Food Bank, 1 in 9 members of the Eastern Massachusetts community is at risk of hunger and that number is growing as there has been a 21% increase in requests for food assistance since 2008. This increase is believed to be due to families in need earning too much to be eligible for government-provided emergency food assistance.
“Having more nutritious food available to people who need assistance allows them to stay within their budget and eat healthy,” said Sue Gabriel, Executive Director of Beverly Bootstraps. “People who are not worried about when they might eat again, or the quality of their food, stay healthier and are more able to engage in long term-life changes.”
Little Leaf Farms, featured on the July 19th episode of Chronicle (WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston), can be found at Hannaford Supermarkets, Market Basket, Stop & Shop, Shaw’s and Big Y.
“It is very important for us to be able to offer fresh, nutritious produce to our clients, something our clients simply couldn’t afford on their own,” said Patricia Stern, Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc. “We are incredibly grateful to our donors and volunteers…without them we could not continue to lift and feed our neighbors in need.”
Photo from left to right: Stephanie Tyler, Food Pantry Coordinator and Sue Gabriel, Executive Director of Beverly Bootstraps.