The Town of Willsboro food pantry has received a donation from the Lewis Family Farm in Essex.
The pantry, which serves the communities of Willsboro and Essex, got a donation of several packages of meat from the farm, which is owned by Salim “Sandy” Lewis and his wife, Barbara.
Lewis said that he got the idea from Mark McKenna, a longtime employee of the farm.
“The subject came up in talking with Sandy about making a donation of the beef and I thought that this would be something that we could do,” McKenna said. “Sandy and Barbara donated the packages of meat to the pantry, and we want people to know that it is out there.”
Willsboro town clerk Beverly Moran, who helps oversee the pantry, said that the beef will be given out as part of the usage of the food shelf.
“We put it in with the orders that we receive for assistance from the food pantry,” Moran said. “It is all USDA-approved beef, and Mr. Lewis was very generous in the donation for our food shelf customers.”
“I know that this donation will be appreciated by all those that use the pantry,” Willsboro Supervisor Ed Hatch said. “It is always great when someone for the community can help out in this cause.”
The meat comes from the Lewis Family Farm, which last year was certified as the first USDA grass-fed certified farm in the country under the organization’s current classification standards.
“The Lewis Family Farm provided the test case for a new standard for grass-fed,” Lewis said on his website. “Federal grass (forage) fed accreditation means no grains, pure and simple. We passed with flying colors, raising the bar for all.”
For more information on the Willsboro Community Food Pantry, contact the Willsboro town hall at 963-8668.