Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Lollipop Tree/Feeding America

The Lollipop Tree, a specialty food manufacturer that offers a selection of specialty baking mixes, pepper jellies, jams, dessert sauces, grilling sauces and syrups, recently donated nearly sixty-five hundred packages of baking mixes to Feeding America, the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States.

The packages, which include cake, pancake, bread and muffin mixes, are being provided to families throughout New Hampshire who are in need of assistance this winter. The mixes will be distributed through the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester, which supports food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers, senior citizen homes, and substance abuse treatment centers, helping to provide food to over 95,000 men, women and children throughout New Hampshire.

"Feeding America is grateful to the Lollipop Tree for their donation which will be provided to Americans who live at risk of hunger. Millions of Americans are on the brink of hunger as our economy suffers, and so many have joined the ranks of the unemployed," said Ross Fraser, spokesperson for Feeding America. "We could not provide food and groceries to the four million Americans who rely on us each week for food assistance without the generosity of corporate America."

The Lollipop Tree is also involved in supporting a variety of other programs and organizations which fight hunger. Those include the New Hampshire's Food Bank's Backpack program, which provides non-perishable, nutritious foods, packaged in non-descript backpacks along with educational activities, to children from disadvantaged homes. The Lollipop Tree's passion for farming and sustainability led them to source organic ingredients and, ultimately, to their association with Heifer Project International. The Heifer organization assists millions of hungry families in the United States and worldwide, in their attempts to secure food and a source of dependable income. The Lollipop Tree has a matching gift program, which they offer to all of their employees and customers. Additionally, they donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of their Monkey Bread Mix line to Heifer Project International.

"All of us, at The Lollipop Tree, take corporate responsibility very seriously," stated company founder, Laurie Lynch. "We've been very fortunate this past year. Our sales are up; we developed close to 200 new products, nearly doubled our staff, and expanded our physical operation. We also understand how important it is for all of us, especially thriving businesses, to support these worthy causes and address hunger as a critical issue in New Hampshire, across the US and throughout the world," she added.

About The Lollipop Tree

The Lollipop Tree, Inc. is a family-owned specialty food manufacturer located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Since 1981, The Lollipop Tree has manufactured LollipopTree ® brand all-natural baking mixes, condiments and jams as well as prepared exclusive products for private label by specialty retailers. The Lollipop Tree's line of Good Simple Food ® – Pepper Jellies, Organic A rtisan Bread Mixes, Organic Classic Baking Mixes, Cookie Mixes, Dessert Bread Mixes, Dessert Sauces, Grilling & Glazing Sauces, Jams, Monkey Bread Mixes, Pancake Mixes, Scone Mixes and Syrups – can be found in more than 3,000 stores across the United States. LollipopTree ® products are always all natural, trans fat free, no preservatives and now ORGANIC. For additional information, please visit their website at lollipoptree.com .

About Feeding America

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks operate 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/ .

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