Published: September 25, 2013
Big thanks to the BJ’s Charitable Foundation for a recent grant of $2,000! With this support, Bridgewell will continue to provide meals incorporating fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to homeless men and women at our Pathfinder Drop-In Center in Lowell.
Pathfinder sources this fresh produce through a unique partnership with the Community Teamwork Inc. – New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (New Entry).
Also based in Lowell, New Entry helps people with limited resources, including immigrants and refugees, to begin farming through training, business/enterprise development, and production assistance. Produce grown by New Entry farmers is sold through the World PEAS Cooperative.
With the summer growing season in full swing, Pathfinder’s kitchen staff is creatively incorporating fresh produce from World PEAS into daily meals served to homeless individuals. These seasonal fruits and vegetables bring a blast of essential vitamins that are so important to the men and women served at Pathfinder, most of whom have no other way to access fresh, healthy food.
Bridgewell is proud to support the local food movement in Massachusetts and New Entry’s beginning farmers through this collaboration.