But helping local food pantries is Goyette’s biggest endeavor. The shop has set a goal of collecting 1,000 food items by Christmas.
“I’ve never been in a job where community service has been pushed like this,” said Ricky Cash, one of the managers at the shop. “The staff has been donating tips to buy more food items. It’s great.”
Fran Rosenau, who organizes the pantry at St. Anne Church, is thankful for the support she gets from Goyette.
“We don’t survive without community support,” Rosenau said. “A business such as his, which gets a lot of foot traffic, is very important to us.”
Goyette will be donating the food to the pantry next week.
The Rev. David Yasenka of Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church in Salem said Goyette also helps out with their food pantry.
“They’ve done so much,” he said. “It’s great to have them and other businesses in the community doing their part to support us.”
Goyette said he was floored to receive the award from the show.
“It was surreal,” he said. “It was a real testament to what we’ve been doing. To have what we breed here perpetuate and grow is very fulfilling.”