SUNSET® Mastronardi Honored as 2017 Beacon of Light Award Recipient
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
KINGSVILLE, ON - With the season of giving and gratitude upon us, it’s fitting that SUNSET® was recently recognized for some of its work in the community. The produce company was presented with the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s 2017 Beacon of Light Award.
Presented at the annual Michigan Harvest Gathering Luncheon in Lansing, Michigan on November 8th, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan nominated SUNSET® for recognition of its having donated over 5 million pounds of produce this past year.
“For over ten years, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan has been an excellent partner in our efforts to give back to the community,” shared President Paul Mastronardi. “Together, we’ve distributed millions of pounds of fresh, healthy produce to people in need and we’re extremely grateful for this tremendous honor.”
The donations from SUNSET® have been used towards the Gleaners School Food Mobile Pantry program. According to a press release, this feeds families from 79 underserved schools in southeast Michigan.
“We are grateful for all SUNSET® has done and continues to do for Gleaners,” said Gerry Brisson, President of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. “Through their generous donation of millions of pounds of produce, hundreds of thousands of food-insecure families are receiving the healthy food they need to thrive. The partnership with SUNSET® is dramatically advancing our shared vision of a hunger-free southeastern Michigan.”
Now in its 27th year, the Michigan Harvest Gathering (MHG) is an annual statewide campaign that has successfully raised over 54 million meals for Michigan’s emergency food response and those in need.
Congratulations to the SUNSET® team on this latest honor!