SACRAMENTO – Golden Star Market of Pittsburg was named as the 7th District’s Small Business of the Year by Senator Steve Glazer, D-Contra Costa.
Owned and operated for more than two decades by Abdul Ahmed and his family, Golden Star Market stood out for its generosity during the COVID-19 pandemic. With many of Pittsburg’s vulnerable residents unable to put food on the table during these trying economic times, Mr. Ahmed and his family responded by organizing food drives that met critical needs.
In one day they handed out 120 care packages to children and senior citizens in the community. On a second food giveaway, held in May, they distributed more than 250 care packages to members of the community.
Mr. Ahmed says Golden Star Market will continue to provide food to those in need throughout the pandemic. “If anyone comes through the door and is hungry, we will take care of them,” said Mr. Ahmed. “It’s just how we are. We are all human and we need to take care of each other.”
The Golden Star Market participated in Pittsburg’s drive-thru Halloween event and distributed candy to more than 1,000 kids. They also donated 10 cases of water, 200 pounds of rice, 200 pounds of beans, 200 rolls of tissue, 48 jars of peanut butter, 48 jars of strawberry and grape jam, 24 half gallons of milk, and 200 eggs that were distributed to seniors through the city’s Senior Center.
In addition to the organized food drives, Mr. Ahmed has contributed food and other items to the city any time he has had an abundance of stock. The Golden Star Market also partners with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano counties to collect food and other donations.
“The City of Pittsburg, and those in need, have real heroes in Abdul Ahmed, his family and the Golden Star Market,” said Senator Glazer. “Mr. Ahmed has shown tremendous heart in stepping in to fill the needs of the hungry and vulnerable in Pittsburg during an especially difficult time. His leadership has been truly inspiring, so I am pleased to name the Golden Star Market as my district’s Small Business of the Year.”
California Small Business Day™ is the result of Assembly Resolution HR-57, which passed unanimously in 2000. The purpose of the day is to “recognize the contributions small business makes to California.” Since 2000, more than 1,500 small businesses have been honored in California. The day brings small business leaders, legislators, and state agencies together to celebrate small business.