Hummus Program Recognized for Excellence and Innovation
L’Arche Boston North’s Homemade Hummus Team has been chosen as part of Santander Bank’s 2021 Cultivate Small Business Program!
Cultivate Small Business is a fully virtual, 16-week program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs from Massachusetts and New Jersey in the food industry build and sustain businesses through education, networks and mentoring, and opportunities to apply for grants. The program runs from March through June. http://www.commonwealthkitchen.org/cultivate-small-business
L’Arche is the only non-profit organization participating in this year’s cohort!
L’Arche Boston North Executive Director Jennifer Matthews says, “We are delighted to have been selected to participate in this year’s program. Homemade Hummus is so much more than chickpeas and tahini—it is a vehicle for meaningful inclusion and belonging for people of ALL abilities. We are grateful to our friends at Santander, Commonwealth Kitchen, The Cummings Foundation, and Babson College for being champions of inclusion and for providing us with the tools and access to opportunities necessary to take our vision to the next level!”
Program Leader Emma LeBlanc-Medeiros says, “I’m really excited to be a part of this program! It’s such a wonderful opportunity to learn from and connect with other people who are passionate about food and community. I have high hopes that this program will help me set up Homemade Hummus for long term success and sustainability, so that we can share our gifts and our snacks for many years to come!”
In the Media
The Haverhill Journal
L’Arche is Granted 2019 Cummings Grant – WHAV Wavelengths
L’Arche Boston North Executive Director Jennifer Matthews believes the [Cummings Grant] is going to be a game-changer, telling WHAV in a statement the Wingate Street-based group plans to use the funds to expand their “Homemade Hummus” brand sold at the city’s Farmer’s Market.
“We are incredibly excited and honored by this opportunity to grow in our mission and explore new ways of being present to the needs of our community, while continuing to be a sign of hope.”Jennifer Matthews, L’Arche Boston North Executive Director