A Note From Al

A Note From Al

By Al Raddock

A Note From Al

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great 2022.

When I met Josh, Tommy and Anup, and began my time at Green Top, my only goal was to be a part of a food system that was stripped of noise and got people a little closer to their region’s farms. It’s confusing to eat in this country, and I was energized to find a group of people that were so like minded—people I would come to learn a lot from over the next six years.

In 2022, we hired over 60 people. It’s surreal to think about sometimes, and it’s been really special to learn together as we work on things. Anup was appointed to Mayor Adams' Chef's Council to focus on a part of the problem with our city’s school lunch program. Rebecca has rebuilt our site to showcase our menus that Wendy has connected with the culinary team. And our entire team has worked tirelessly throughout the fall and winter to open a new 11,000 sq. Ft. Facility in East Williamsburg to lay the groundwork for our future. If better food is what motivated me originally, the people I get to work alongside is what continues to make it very, very rewarding.

And while our reach has continued to grow, this year we’ve been able to pull back on the reactive mindset that the pandemic demanded, and establish a foundation out of that grit that those years helped us foster. That strategic work continues hourly and it’s something that we all needed for our minds, personal lives, and sustainability as a company.

Some highlights from this past year are:

  1. In partnership with the City of New York, we’ve now delivered over 600,000 prepared meals to New York’s homebound elderly
  2. Each week we prepare nearly 1 ton of local produce for New York City schools.
  3. We're feeding over 2,000 children each day
  4. We’re providing regular cooking classes for the Queens Center for Gay Seniors and Wellness in the Schools
  5. I&D

I’m proud of us. I’m also increasingly aware that the undertaking of attempting to create a better alternative within the larger systems at play provide daily lessons and constantly challenges our values. I feel very fortunate to have a team like ours to continue forging more sustainable paths.

Thank you for your continued support this year. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you, and if you are gathering in the coming weeks and looking for a healthy start, please take a look at our new menus.

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