Riverside Natural Foods Funds New Fresh Produce Initiative at Marillac St. Vincent
Connecting Communities | April 2021
Riverside Natural Foods, the maker of MadeGood®, the leading allergy-friendly and nutrient-rich granola snack creator, has once again invested in the Marillac St. Vincent family. In 2020, Riverside Foods graciously gave to MSV's Relief Fund and now, the company has pledged a $36,000 gift in support of the Fresh Produce Initiative at our East Garfield Park Food Pantry.
“In these uncertain times, we remain committed to our core values of leaving the world a better place than we found it.” said Nima Fotovat, President, Riverside Natural Foods. “We are fortunate to be in a position where we are able to support organizations that continue to provide essential human services for those in need,” said Nima Fotovat, President, Riverside Natural Foods.
Our food pantries, which serve over 500 households and more than 800 individuals each month will partner with local urban farms including Garfield Produce, Herban Produce, Growing Home, Windy City Produce, and others to purchase and distribute healthy fresh produce to clients every week.
Riverside Natural Foods' generosity will allow the food pantries to purchase fresh seasonal produce year-round. This means corn, fruit, and peppers during the summer months and cabbage, carrots, and collard greens in the winter. The gift will also support the purchase of a new commercial refrigerator for food storage to minimize waste.
"This will allow us to expand our fresh produce offerings to include more nutritious and hard to afford items for clients of all of our pantries and homebound seniors, while also allowing us to continue supporting local growers on the West side like Garfield Produce and others," said Paul Mastushima, MSV Community Outreach Services Manager.
"Garfield Produce has a deep commitment to serving our low-income and food desert community of East Garfield Park. The Riverside grant fosters vital community partnering, supporting a supply chain for good food. From second-chance local employment for our hydroponic farming team to multiplying resources for the excellent and dedicated Marillac St. Vincent community food pantries to supplying fresh and nutritious local produce for the health of community families in need. This is a win-win-win for our community, from farm to food pantry to family,” said Judy Thomas, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, Garfield Produce Company.
MSV is grateful for community partners like Riverside Natural Foods whose generosity helps us work to end the cycle of poverty in Chicago.