Athol Daily News – Dean’s Beans in Orange Gets Seal of Approval to Help Feed Area Children


Posted: 09/28/2021 13:44:24 PM

Modified: 09/28/2021 13:44:25

ORANGE – In recognition of its Kids Stimulus Package program which has helped alleviate food insecurity in children, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co. became Franklin County’s latest recipient of a U.S. Postal Service Thank You stamp.

“We chose Dean’s Beans because, in addition to providing amazing tasting coffee, Dean’s Beans contacted school systems to find out how many students still needed to be fed. The number of students was overwhelming and Dean’s Beans found a way to help, ”Maria McGovern, supervisor of the Orange Post Office, said during a“ thank you ”stamp presentation on Friday. “In March 2021, $ 148,000 in essential funding was sent to school feeding programs in our region. They are in contact with nearby school systems to continue to help fund the school feeding program. ”

McGovern was joined by Rob Leary, regional post office operations manager, and interim Orange postmaster Neil Branco to unveil the ‘thank you’ stamp on an easel and give a framed piece of art to the owner of Dean’s Beans, Dean Cycon. Cycon immediately mounted the framed version on a wall next to the United Nations Leadership Award for the Empowerment of Women in Community Engagement and its Oslo Business for Peace award, sometimes referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for Peace’. the company ”and which honors social responsibility. business owners who are making positive change.

“That’s how highly we esteem him,” Cycon said of the Forever stamp while enjoying an ice cream cake in the company’s break room after the ceremony. “It’s right up there.”

Standing with McGovern beside the company’s machines, Branco explained that the words “thank you” are highlighted in gold foil in cursive text, with a floral pattern swirling through and around the words. He said stamp designer and letter artist Dana Tanamachi drew the original sketches by hand and then created the final art digitally. was released on August 21 of last year.

Branco and McGovern pulled out a USPS sheet to unveil the Forever stamp amid thunderous fear and applause.

“And if I run out of stamps, can we use one?” Cycon joked as he held the framed artwork. “This is so awesome. Check it out.”

Contact Domenic Poli at: [email protected] or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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