New York State’s First NYS Grown & Certified Ready-To-Eat Grain Product

September 25, 2019

New York State’s First  NYS Grown & Certified Ready-To-Eat Grain Product - The Perfect Granola

The Perfect Granola is New York State’s First NYS Grown & Certified Ready-To-Eat Grain Product and

New York State’s First Grain Processor That is Part of The Farm-to-Institution Program


Victor, NY— 09/23/2019On September 25th (New York State’s No Child Goes Hungry Day) at 10:00AM at Foodlink, located at 1999 Mt Read Blvd, Rochester, NY 14615, The Perfect Granola will publicly announce its extended partnership with Foodlink, part of the Feeding America Network, to produce the first NYS Grown & Certified ready-to-eat grain product, and its partnership with New York State as the State’s first grain product that is part of the Farm-to-Institution Program. These new allergy-free granola pouches will be produced at Foodlink, providing an opportunity to expand their workforce development training program, provide new full-time jobs, and create a new sustainable revenue stream to support the food bank.

“Everything we do in our company is in an effort to help those in need and this is just another layer of how we use our business to support our community,” said Michele Liddle, Owner at The Perfect Granola.

“The Foodlink Community Kitchen relocated and expanded three years ago with the intention of building new partnerships and scaling up to meet the demand for healthy, locally-sourced meals and minimally processed products,” said Terra Keller, Chief Operating Officer for Foodlink. “We’re proud to support the growth of a great, local, woman-owned business and provide new jobs and training opportunities inside our state-of-the-art facility.”

Positive Impact for New York State

  • The Perfect Granola is now the first NYS Grown & Certified ready-to-eat packaged grain producer in New York State.
  • The Perfect Granola worked with NYS Department of Agriculture to help three new farms gain their NYS Grown & Certified certification.
  • The Perfect Granola is the first grain processor that is part of the Farm-to-Institution New York Program.
  • The Perfect Granola is expanding Foodlink’s work-force development training program and creating new full-time jobs.
  • The Perfect Granola is piloting this program in Rochester in hopes to expand this model throughout other Feeding America food banks to create new sustainable revenue streams for the organization.
  • The Perfect Granola is launching two (2) new 100% allergy-free blends that will be available for schools throughout New York State, made on dedicated equipment in a dedicated allergy-free room.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo visiting The Perfect Granola's new production facility.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Opening Remarks - Michele Liddle – CEO/Founder – The Perfect Granola
  • Cheryl Dinolfo – Monroe County Executive
  • Scott Ziobrowski – President of the NYS School Nutrition Association – New York State
  • Vinnie Esposito – Director of Economic Development – Finger Lakes Region
  • David Valesky - Deputy Commissioner of NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Terra Keller – COO – Foodlink