Dean’s Beans in Orange gets stamp of approval for helping to feed area children

  • Maria McGovern, left, supervisor of the Orange Post Office and acting Postmaster Neil Branco attend the unveiling of a “thank you” Forever stamp in honor of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co. in Orange on Friday. Dean’s Beans was recognized for its Kids Stimulus Package program that has helped alleviate childhood food insecurity STAFF PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

  • Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co. was honored by the U.S. Postal Service on Friday with a “thank you” Forever stamp in recognition of its Kids Stimulus Package program, created to battle childhood food insecurity. STAFF PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer
Published: 9/28/2021 1:44:24 PM
Modified: 9/28/2021 1:44:25 PM

ORANGE — In recognition of its Kids Stimulus Package program that has helped alleviate childhood food insecurity, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co. became the latest Franklin County recipient of a “thank you” stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

“We chose Dean’s Beans because, in addition to providing amazing tasting coffee, Dean’s Beans reached out to the school systems to find out how many students still needed to be fed. The numbers of students were overwhelming, and Dean’s Beans came up with a way to help,” Maria McGovern, supervisor of the Orange Post Office, said during a presentation of the “thank you” stamp on Friday. “As of March 2021, $148,000 in critical funding has been sent to school food programs in our area. They are in contact with nearby school systems to continue to help fund the school food program.”

McGovern was joined by Rob Leary, manager of post office operations in the region, and acting Orange Postmaster Neil Branco to unveil the “thank you” stamp on an easel and give Dean’s Beans owner Dean Cycon a framed art piece. Cycon immediately had the framed version mounted on a wall next to his company’s United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Award for Community Engagement and his Oslo Business for Peace Award, which is sometimes referred to as the “Nobel prize of business” and which honors socially responsible business owners who bring about positive change.

“That’s how highly we esteem it,” Cycon said of the Forever stamp while enjoying some ice cream cake in the company’s break room after the ceremony. “It’s right up there.”

Standing with McGovern next to the company’s machinery, Branco explained the words “thank you” are highlighted in gold foil in cursive text, with a floral design swirling through and around the words. He said stamp designer and letter artist Dana Tanamachi drew the original sketches by hand and then created the final art digitally. was released on Aug. 21 of last year.

Branco and McGovern removed a USPS sheet to unveil the forever stamp to a round of awes and applause.

“And if I run out of stamps, can we use one of these?” Cycon joked holding the framed art piece. “This is so awesome. Look at that.”

Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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