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2024 Operating Business QLICI of the Year

City Fresh Foods

Location: Roxbury neighborhood, Boston, MA


HEDC New Markets Inc. 
The Community Builders Inc

2024 QLICI Awards - Operating Business - winnerCity Fresh Foods, Inc., a minority and employee-owned food company that makes and delivers healthy, fresh, culturally relevant meals to senior centers, public and charter schools, afterschool programs, childcare centers and facilities serving adults with disabilities and chronic health conditions throughout greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, purchased, renovated, equipped and opened an 18,000 square foot custom-designed, state of the art production kitchen and distribution facility located at 94 Shirley Street in the heart of Roxbury thanks to funding that includes NMTCs from HEDC New Markets Inc. and The Community Builders Inc. and investment from JP Morgan Chase. Roxbury is a neighborhood of Boston with significantly high and persistent unemployment.

In 2022, when the NMTC financing package closed, City Fresh Foods employed 141 people who produced and delivered approximately 15,000 meals a day, more than 3 million meals per year. The 94 Shirley Street project, which opened in June 2023, has enabled the company to take on new customers, expand production and deliveries to 30,000 meals per day, and create 49 additional jobs by the end of 2023, for a total of 190 jobs, 96% of which are full-time.  

City Fresh Foods is a minority- and employee-owned. 95% of its employees are people of color and 92% live in Boston, Brockton, Chelsea and Everett. City Fresh Foods is an employer of choice in Roxbury, offering high quality jobs paying living wages with benefits, training, career path development, and opportunities for employee ownership through participation in the company’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan.  

With this new NMTC-financed development, the future is bright.


Honorable Mention: Operating Business

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