Over the years, Hydrofarm has gone through many changes, but we’ve never altered our commitment to helping the community around us. One of the beneficiaries of Hydrofarm’s donations is the Petaluma Food Kitchen, which happens to be a neighbor to the Hydrofarm corporate headquarters in Petaluma, California. The volunteer-run, non-profit organization serves more than 125,000 meals per year, which results in about 750,000 pounds of food annually.
Hydrofarm supports the Petaluma Food Kitchen with financial donations. “Stuart Dvorin, our former president, began our association with the charity,” said Shanna Peterson, Hydrofarm’s head of human resources. “Our current president, Peter Wardenburg, feels that it’s essential to continue to help the food kitchen prosper and be able to deliver groceries, fresh milk, fruits, and vegetables to low-income families, seniors, and individuals in our community,” continued Peterson.
Petaluma locals and geography buffs may be interested to know that the current location of the Petaluma Food Kitchen (900 Hopper Street) was not its first. Before contributions like Hydrofarm’s gave the food kitchen its permanent place, volunteers served those in need in locations such as the basement of Copperfield’s bookstore, the Elim Lutheran Church, the United Methodist Church, and a home on Howard Street in Petaluma.