As the holiday season naturally becomes a season of giving, Pasadena-based Semolina Artisanal Pasta delivered the first 200 pounds of what will be an 800 pound donation of pasta to Stars, a Pasadena nonprofit which has worked with young people in the Pasadena area for almost two decades.
Pasta-maker Semolina was the beneficiary of a $10,000 community grant from Bay-area financial-management program-maker QuickBooks, and used the proceeds to fund the donation to Stars.
According to Stars Executive Director Nancy Stiles, the Semolina pasta company has been involved with Stars for several years, especially since Stars has been providing weekly food to families in need since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am a strong believer in the power of relationships and bringing people together through food,” said Semolina Artisanal Pasta founder Leah Ferrazzani. “Coming together to share a meal around the table fosters connections that help build strong communities. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to support Stars and the work they do for those most in need in Pasadena, especially kids.”
In 2020 alone, Stars provided 23,000 meals, in the form of 2,000 pounds of food to up to 80 families a week; rental assistance for 26 families, 2,150 hours of mentoring to local students, and more than 15,000 hours of service from 360 local volunteers.
“We are currently serving about 20 to 30 families weekly,” said Stars Wellness Coordinator Perla Moreno Tuesday. “The families receive a bag of groceries with dry goods like beans and rice and cooking oil and canned goods, and then they will also get milk and dairy products, as well as protein like beef or pork or chicken.”
Families will also receive a special Thanksgiving package this week, which includes a turkey, along with potatoes and yams, and a special persimmon jam, made possible by yet another large donation.
“QuickBooks is honored to partner with our customer Semolina Artisanal Pasta in giving back to the Pasadena community,” said Alex Chriss, EVP and General Manager of the Small Business & Self-Employed Group at Intuit QuickBooks.
“As we continue to help power small business growth across our country and the world, the impact that can have on fueling prosperity for those businesses and the communities they serve is undeniable.”