Mother's Market & Kitchen, a 40-year pioneer in the health food movement in Southern California, has created a fast-track, online process to help qualified local businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis quickly get their food and products into Mother's stores.
"We are working to help local food producers affected by the restaurant, hotel and resort closures by putting their quality products on our shelves," Dorothy Carlow, Mother's Market & Kitchen CEO, said in a released statement. "As a local business that supports other local businesses, we invite local vendors to bring us their quality products."
One such provider, is women-owned small business Bread Artisan Bakery. Recently, the Santa Ana-based bakery owner Jonnie LoFranco found herself wondering how she could ensure her employees continued to earn wages when the bakery's customers— including its biggest customer, a major theme park in Anaheim—shut their doors.
"Mother's Market & Kitchen provided a lifeline to me and my employees. Mother's reached out to us and today, in less than a week's time, Bread is Mother's featured artisan bread provider and helping to satisfy our communities' vital need for food staples," LoFranco said in the statement.
While the company is committed to considering all qualified, quality providers, Mother's Market & Kitchen plans to initially select vendors who can offer such supply-challenged products as soups, pastas, sauces, paper products/toilet paper, bread, yogurt and organic produce.
Local providers are invited to apply for consideration at their online Local Vendor Fast-Track Application. Food providers must meet stringent high-quality standards, including, but not limited to, natural and organic ingredients.
Source: Mother's Market & Kitchen