The Natural Contents Kitchen recently received a $96,200 Local Foods Promotion Program grant from the USDA. The LFPP grant supports local and regional food systems; in total $11.9 million was awarded throughout the United States.
Natural Contents Kitchen has been producing farm fresh real food and healthy indulgences since December 2012. Working with over 20 local/regional farms, food producers and food hubs, 56% of NCK’s ingredient costs went directly to supporting regional agriculture in 2014.
“We’re doing important work. In addition to providing customers with quality, locally sourced, healthy food options; supporting a regional food system affords us the greatest satisfaction. Knowing to whom and what that money is going towards and how those monies flow right back into the community makes the process full circle for us” said Danielle Gaebel, co-founder and radical homemaker.
NCK plans to utilize the LFPP grant to expand processing capacity through new flash freezing equipment and packaging expenses. We will also improve our marketing efforts, expand distribution, create value-added products with our farm partners, increase farm purchases and expand our educational outreach.
“The Natural Contents Kitchen started not only to create a business to sustain our family but to also help folks find their way toward wellness. Our own health issues made us realize the extent of damage done by the conventional food system. Sharing our food and experience is our way of counteracting big ag and giant food corporations. A food revolution is happening and NCK is proud to be part of it!” said Jennifer Bitetto, co-founder and radical homemaker.