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Boston bakery distributor practices 'Charity in Truth'


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NEW BEDFORD -- As a Catholic, Andy LaVallee, founder and CEO of LaVallee's Bakery Distributors in Waltham, feels charitable work is his moral responsibility.

"We run our company on two real basic values that came out of Pope Benedict's encyclical, 'Charity in Truth,' and that is stewardship is a gift from God and that it's something we're only in possession of, so what we do with it is important," LaVallee said. "We feel like it's a real moral responsibility as a Catholic to do certain things for the community. So we need to take care of some of the Catholic-based food pantries and charities in the area."

When LaVallee's prosperous bakery distribution company has a surplus 1,200 or 1,500 cases of fresh-baked bread on hand, they donate them to places like the Lazarus House or St. Francis House in Boston, or the food pantry at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford.

"Sometimes the Greater Boston Food Bank will get the overage," he said, "but we give it to anyone who has a combination of giving charity and faith in God."

"LaVallee's has been very nice and generous to us, for sure," said Paula Briden, coordinator of the food pantry at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford. "They have a wonderful heart and they are very willing to help people."

Briden said her parish food pantry has remained steadily busy, unfortunately, and they serve about 400 families regularly, so donations like this are most welcome.

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