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Chef Runs Boston Marathon for TFP

Alyssa Held at work in the kitchen.
Alyssa Held at work in the kitchen.
Alyssa Held, a chef at Debra’s Natural Gourmet in West Concord, Mass., has supported The Food Project using her culinary skills, working with our youth to present Community Lunch. She’s also worked in the fields on our Lincoln farm, volunteering on weekends. Now she’s running the Boston Marathon to show her support!

Though she’s been a runner for many years, this marathon will be her first (“and probably my only!” she says). She was fortunate enough to receive a place in the race as a gift and she wanted to “pay it forward to lend a hand to one of [her] favorite organizations.” So she’s reached out to friends and family, asking them to support her run for TFP.

“I’m happy to do this for The Food Project because it’s such a vibrant organization,” Alyssa says. “It’s involved in the local food movement in so many ways, and I’m excited to help raise some money for them and wear their logo when I run.”

A newcomer to fundraising, Alyssa established a modest goal of $500 – which has already been more than doubled by the generosity of the people she’s invited to support her. You too can show your support for Alyssa’s run and The Food Project by making a donation online at:

Go Alyssa!

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