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Alexandria, Virginia-based food supplier Mom Made Foods is one small business that has been forced to close due to a pandemic that ravages the economy.

The impact of the pandemic on public safety has devastated several restaurants and other small businesses. Alexandria, a food supplier based in Virginia Mother Made Food is one of the small businesses that was forced to close due to a pandemic that ravaged the economy.

“Unfortunately I had to make, in my opinion, the toughest decision I’ve ever made, because we couldn’t go on,” said Heather Stouffer, whose company will mark 15 years this year, growing from sales in local farmers markets to hitting shelves at Whole Foods and other national retailers.

“We make frozen foods aimed at children and are really on the cutting edge of the organic industry pioneering healthy food for children down the frozen aisle,” said Stouffer.

The death knell for small businesses comes as the first production of a new line of frozen sandwiches called Lunchwich is scheduled for March 2020, when schools close and send children home for distance learning.

Stouffer said that his heart was on another small business as hard as his own.

“My advice for other small entrepreneurs is to reach out and ask for help… we’ve all been through a lot, and everyone is happy to lend a hand,” he said.

While it’s not easy to close a business he’s been building for more than a decade, the founder of Mom Made Foods says he has no regrets.

“I believe that our work in providing healthy food for children has really influenced many, many children across the country to make them lifelong healthy eaters and help parents’ lives a little easier on the way,” said Stouffer.

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