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Straus Family Creamery Honored at Be the Dream Awards
San Rafael, Calif., January 14, 2016 – Straus Family Creamery, the first 100% certified organic creamery in the U.S., was honored at the fifth annual Be the Dream Awards with the Business Equity in Action award. The annual celebration, hosted by 20-year-old human rights organization, Marin Grassroots, is a countywide event created to highlight local businesses, government agencies, and leaders who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to advancing social equity and inclusion in Marin.
Straus Family Creamery was recognized for its forward-thinking practices, which are integral to the company’s vision of creating a thriving relationship among farms, food, people, and earth. Some of the benefits Straus Family Creamery offers employees, 85% of whom are people of color, include free English As a Second Language classes, and free U.S. citizenship prep courses, with incentives for continued participation.
Straus Family Creamery also gives back to the community, supporting organizations like Sprouts Cooking Club, which teaches Bay-Area children of all socio-economic backgrounds how to cook, and Petaluma Bounty, a community-based nonprofit organization that helps people grow their own healthy food, redistributes surplus food, and provides affordable fresh food to low-income families and seniors.
Founder and CEO Albert Straus, who accepted the award on behalf of Straus Family Creamery, said “We are proud to be recognized along with other leaders in the county for promoting diversity, inclusion, and progressive work policies. Learning from each other through our varied backgrounds and experiences makes us stronger as a company.”
Marin Grassroots partnered with the Marin County Human Rights Commission to present their MLK Humanitarian Awards at the ceremony, which hosted over 100 local lawmakers and community members. Ten Straus Family Creamery employees from all levels of the organization, including three from its operations labor force, celebrated with the company at the event.
About Straus Family Creamery
Straus Family Creamery is a Northern California, certified organic creamery offering milk, cream, yogurt, butter, sour cream, ice cream, and a variety of wholesale and specialty dairy products distributed throughout the Western United States. Based in Marshall, CA, the Creamery makes minimally-processed dairy products from organic milk supplied by family farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties, including the Straus Dairy. Straus Family Creamery sustains collaborative relationships with the family farms that supply it milk, offering stable prices and predictability in what otherwise can be a volatile marketplace.
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