The August-October issue is now in stores, compliments of Kowalski's!
As founding members of the Midwest Active Citizenship Initiative, we believe in creating a world that is abundant and just. Whether in the workplace, classroom, community or home, all citizens have the responsibility to work towards the common good. That's why for the last 20 years we have been training our team to organize, educate and set policy in accordance with democratic principles and standards. We teach every single individual we work with that they have the capacity to know what is good, to grow in that knowledge and to act in accordance with it. We ask our employees to see themselves as active citizens, meaning all those impacted by a problem come together to define it and work together to create sustainable policy solutions that serve a common good amongst many diverse self-interests.
Community was perhaps never more important than during these last few months. It takes all of us, working together, to create sustainable change in our communities in the areas that matter to us most. We encourage you to visit activecitizen.org to learn more about civic policy making and discover how you can join us in this important mission.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities is also on a mission, specifically to help young people reach their full potential. These local youth participate in a variety of programs to help them succeed both as individuals and as members of their larger communities. We have proudly partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities for many years and recently increased our ongoing support of the organization to help provide family meals during the difficult times of these past few months. You can learn more about their work and how you can help on page 12.
In this issue of At Home with Kowalski's, we are also proud to share details about the good work being done at Untiedt's Vegetable Farm, one of our key partners in our mission to support Minnesota Grown products. Jerry and Sue Untiedt share our vision of a Minnesota that celebrates local, sustainable produce and other healthy, delicious foods. Jerry is a hero of Max Maddaus, the Kowalski's Produce Director at the helm of our Minnesota Grown efforts. A steadfast family man, Max prizes people above all else, especially the farmers and growers that constitute the Minnesota Grown community. Max is the subject of our latest stakeholder profile on the facing page.
As we attempt to transition back to our "new" typical routines, we can't help but think of all the kids and teachers who may be headed back to school for the first time in about six months! We certainly wish them all well. Culinary Director Rachael Perron has filled this issue with ideas for bag lunches, the all-important before-school breakfast and family-friendly dinners. She's also included a special send-off to her own daughter, one of many students who work here during high school, college and beyond. We're honored to be the first job for so many local youths. Best wishes for a great school year!
As always, we love sharing the Joy of Good Food!
Mary Anne Kowalski and Kris Kowalski Christiansen