Photo Courtesy of McKenzie Natural Artisan Deli
For the past two years, McKenzie Natural Artisan Deli has worked with area businesses and their customers to raise money to support important causes and nonprofit organizations. Their Sandwich Samaritan program has taken place at a number of local markets who sell or use their products and, most recently, they partnered with our co-op in support of Another Way Community Center.
During the week-long Sandwich Samaritan event in October, a dollar was donated to Another Way every time a customer bought a select deli-made or grab-and-go sandwich that was made with McKenzie meats. “We really appreciate Hunger Mountain Co-op putting so much support into this program,” says George Brown, Business Manager at McKenzie. “We are proud to work with them on this to benefit Another Way.”
General Manager Kari Bradley echoes that sentiment, saying, “The Co-op is very appreciative of this program. Another Way received a generous donation, McKenzie and our Co-op benefited from the exposure and customers ate well. It’s a win-win-win collaboration in the spirit of co-ops.”
According to Another Way Community Center’s House and Garden Manager Amiee Powers, the $1,000 donated through the Sandwich Samaritan program will go towards the purchase of a commercial gas stove. This addition will help Another Way serve the hundreds of people who visit them throughout the year to access the meals and snacks they offer.
“We are seeing and experiencing a steady incline of folks in need walking through our doors,” Powers says, adding that their current stoves can’t handle the amount of food production required. “With the help of McKenzie and Hunger Mountain Co-op, we will be able to purchase a commercial stove that can handle the high volume of food production, be energy efficient, and continue serving homemade food to those in need.”