Mushroom Festival awards community grants

Grant winners from the Mushroom Festival recently gathered to accept their grants.

The Mushroom Festival awarded over $77,000 in grants to 38 local non-profit and community organizations at their annual Grants Reception last week, the Mushroom Festival Board announced today.

While the Mushroom Festival is a weekend event, the impact continues all year. Each year, the Mushroom Festival provides proceeds from the event to local charities and non-profit organizations. From simple, hyper focused needs to larger requests, the Mushroom Festival Grant Program works directly with local groups to identify clear needs that make significant impacts in the community.

Over the past 20 years, the Mushroom Festival has donated more than $1 million in funds to local organizations for things like books, playground equipment, food, transportation, healthcare services, and more.

Gale Ferranto, Buona Foods, Mushroom Festival Coordinator, explained the grant program this way.  “Kennett Square is the Mushroom Capital of the World, in large part due to the support of the community. This is a way for the mushroom farming community to say thank you.”

“I want to thank our sponsors who continue to support this program through their Mushroom Festival sponsorships,” said Gina Puoci, Mushroom Festival President. “Every dollar of the Grant Program makes a difference in people’s lives.”

Grants were awarded to the following community groups:

Adult Literacy Program Kennett Library                                         Kennett Square
ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter                          Chester County
Arts Holding Hands and Hearts                                                     West Chester
Avondale Fire Company                                                                  Avondale
Boy Scouts of America                                                                    Chester County
Camp Dreamcatcher                                                                       Kennett Square
Canine Partners for Life                                                                  Cochranville
Carasmark                                                                                         Landenberg
Domestic Violence Center of Chester County                            West Chester
Family Promise of Southern Chester County                                         Kennett Square
Friends Home                                                                                   Kennett Square
Friends of Anson B Nixon Park                                                      Kennett Square
Good Neighbors Home Repair                                                      Kennett Square
Good Samaritan Services                                                               Kennett Square
Hero Hunts Foundation                                                                  Delaware
Housing Partnership of Chester County                                         Downingtown
Kennett After School Association (After the Bell)                   Kennett Square
Kennett Area Food Cupboard                                                        Kennett Square
Kennett Area Senior Center                                                           Kennett Square
Kennett Collaborative Memorial Day Parade                            Kennett Square
Kennett Fire Company No. 1                                                         Kennett Square
Kennett Heritage Foundation                                                        Kennett Square
Kennett Underground Railroad                                                     Kennett Square
LCH Health and Community Service                                            Kennett Square
Longwood Fire Company                                                                Kennett Square
Meals on Wheels of Chester County                                           West Chester
Mighty Wrighters                                                                             Toughkenamon
New London Counseling Center                                                   Lincoln University
Opportunity Health Center/Handicrafters                                         Throndale
Oxford Art Alliance                                                                          Oxford
Prepared to Thrive                                                                           West Chester
Reins of Life                                                                                       Landenberg
Southern Chester County EMS                                                     West Grove
Spanish Health Ministry                                                                 Kennett Square
Swayne, Campbell, Testa VFW Post 5467                                         Kennett Square
The Barn at Spring Brook Farm                                                     West Chester
The Garage Community and Youth Center                                         Avondale and Kennett Square
Tick Tock Learning Center                                                              Toughkenamon

Planning is underway for the 2023 Mushroom Festival, to be held on State Street, Kennett Square, September 9 and 10. For sponsorship information and more, visit

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