MagNoodles Pasta Founder Helps Feeds Families in Need
Aileen Magnotto, founder of Hermitage, Pa.-based MagNoodles Smart Pasta, recently provided more than 23,000 servings of her line of multi-grain, vegetable-based pasta to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. The event included a cooking class with PBS celebrity chef George Hirsch, who showed a group of 40 children how to make a healthy meal using MagNoodles Pasta and other ingredients available through the food bank.
Magnotto, a cancer survivor who originally created MagNoodles to improve her family’s diet, has gained distribution in a growing base of retailers from around the country and online as well. Keenly aware of the risk involved in a start-up company, Magnotto finds great reward in “bringing healthy, whole grain food to the mouths of children who truly need healthy food.”
U.S Rep. Mike Kelly, who represents Pa.’s third district, said: “Aileen Magnotto’s story is a great example of American entrepreneurship and generosity at its finest. Here is a woman who battled and beat cancer; who took an idea and, after taking a considerable risk, turned that idea it into a burgeoning company; and whose simple desire to feed her family healthier food is now giving families across the country the same opportunity to do so.”
Initially launched in 1999 in her family’s former grocery store in western Pennyslvania, MagNoodles attracted a strong following among local customers, which inpsired her to market and distribute MagNoodles to a wider audience.
“There is no other product like this on grocery shelves,” according to Magnotto, noting the high quality unique ingredients in her namesake pasta brand, including spelt and kamut, which she says adds a nutritional value not found in other pastas. Further, the unique blend of grains in MagNoodles, “produces an extremely smooth palatable pasta.”
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