Drumlin Farm Awarded Middlesex Savings Bank Grant for Food Donation Program
July 31, 2023
LINCOLN, MA -- Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary has received a $20,000 grant from Middlesex Savings Bank to support its food donation program.
The well-known wildlife sanctuary is also a longtime working farm, and since 2020, has been providing fresh, healthy vegetables to groups and communities living with food insecurity. Last year it donated nearly 30,000 pounds of more than 60 types of fruit and vegetables to area organizations.
Drumlin Farm’s crop fields also supply produce for its popular community-supported agriculture program, for farmers markets, and for restaurants.
The Natick-based Middlesex Savings Bank’s Charitable Foundation has made grants to hundreds of nonprofits that support programs throughout the greater Metro West region, with a focus on at-risk families and individuals, and other critical community services.
“Middlesex Savings Bank has been a great partner to Drumlin Farm, and this crucial grant is emblematic of the Bank’s generous and well-considered support,” said Scott McCue, Mass Audubon Director for Metro West wildlife sanctuaries.
"Generous support from the community—individuals, corporations, and foundations, like Middlesex Savings Bank Foundation—is what makes this work possible," McCue noted. "To grow food, we must pay our farmers, buy seed, supplement the soil, maintain equipment, and do all other tasks, both large and small, related to keeping our farm running.
“Donor support allows us to redirect a portion of the harvest towards relieving food insecurity,” he added. “Just as we consistently improve our growing practices, we will continue to demonstrate our ability to grow healthy food for communities with the greatest need."
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