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Hawthorne Valley Farm Store Gives Back

Pictured from left to right: Friendly Kitchen Board Member Dan Region, Friendly Kitchen Director Jill Wishon, HVFS Operations Manager Jeremy Laurange, HVFS Store Manager Dana Wagner, Friendly Kitchen Volunteers Charles Proper, Sue Robertson, and Ria Everts, and HVFS Buyer Tristan O’Neill.

Pictured from left to right: Friendly Kitchen Board Member Dan Region, Friendly Kitchen Director Jill Wishon, HVFS Operations Manager Jeremy Laurange, HVFS Store Manager Dana Wagner, Friendly Kitchen Volunteers Charles Proper, Sue Robertson, and Ria Everts, and HVFS Buyer Tristan O’Neill.

Harlemville, NY  –  July 13, 2015  –  In keeping with its long-standing tradition of community giving, Hawthorne Valley Farm Store presented a check for $766 to the Friendly Kitchen of the Salvation Army in Hudson, NY.  The donation was the collected contributions from customers at the Store’s Round Up for Charity drive during its Grand Reopening on June 28th, along with a matching $500 donation from the Farm Store.

In addition to annual cash contributions, Hawthorne Valley Farm Store regularly donates food to local food pantries.  Since last September, Hawthorne Valley Farm Store has delivered over 2,000 pounds of certified organic bread, as well as hundreds of pounds of grocery, refrigerated, and bulk food products.  The store also produced over 100 pounds of savory stuffing mix last Thanksgiving at the Friendly Kitchen’s request

“Hawthorne Valley is committed to supporting food pantries and kitchens like The Friendly Kitchen,” Hawthorne Valley Farm Store Manager Dana Wagner said. “Everyone who works at Hawthorne Valley believes in the importance of supporting the community we live and work in. There are people in need everywhere, and it’s nice to be able to touch people in your own community, especially those who are struggling to feed their families.”

Located on 3rd Street, The Friendly Kitchen serves approximately 225 people a week at lunch and dinner, and provides meals twice a week at a local senior center.  The food kitchen and pantry also distributes over 250 family-sized boxes of food at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The Friendly Kitchen served more than 12,000 meals to local residents last year.

About Hawthorne Valley Farm Store:

Hawthorne Valley Farm Store is a full-line natural foods grocery store featuring organic breads, pastries, cheeses, raw milk, sauerkraut and other foods made fresh on the farm. The Farm Store is open seven days a week, from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm; located at 327 County Route 21C in Harlemville, NY. The Farm Store is part of Hawthorne Valley Association, a 501(c)3 civil society organization promoting social and cultural renewal through the integration of education, agriculture and the arts, and is committed to environmentally sound land management as the basis for sustainable economic success. By exploring the dynamic relationships among education, agriculture, the arts, economics, and science, Hawthorne Valley hopes to foster sustainable forms of human endeavor that enhance the quality of life for ourselves and for future generations. For more information about the Farm Store, visit our website.

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