When the COVID-19 pandemic hit back in March, and things started shutting down, many businesses scrambled to figure out how they were going to stay afloat.  

Dean’s Beans is more than a coffee company. Their mission statement is to use coffee to create positive change around the world. Once the pandemic hit, Dean’s Beans had to come up with a creative way continue their mission.  

After hearing about rising food insecurity, especially among children, owner Dean Cycon knew he could help his neighbors right here in western New England. Dean’s Beans Kid Stimulus Program provides financial support for local school lunch programs providing emergency meals to western Mass students. Producer Dave Fraser shares this story.  

Full disclosure: Dean’s Beans is a sponsor of NEPM.