Shelly Lotman-Fisher’s father, Herb Lotman, is best known for introducing the frozen hamburger patty to McDonald’s and inventing the Chicken McNugget, writes J.F. Pirro for the Main Line Today.
But coming from humble roots, the man who founded West Chester-based Keystone Foods also believed in the power of education and loved to mentor young people who wanted to do well in the world.
This lesser-known legacy is what his daughter is aiming to honor through the Conshohocken-based Herb It Forward Foundation.
Herb It Forward Foundation provides education, opportunities, and outreach to inner-city and suburban Philadelphia area youth. That includes annual scholarship awards, educational series, character-building exercises, leadership camps, various workshops, holiday gatherings, and much more.
The organization receives around 100 applications each year. Applicants between 17 and 25 years old have to demonstrate strong financial needs.
Every year, 32 winners are announced who receive annual scholarships of up to $5,000.
Lotman-Fisher started the foundation with her father’s life insurance payout.
Her mother and brother also help out with finances and the organization has a generous board. Most importantly, Lotman-Fisher knows her father would approve.
“He’d be so proud,” she said.
Read more about the Herb It Forward Foundation in Main Line Today.