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Jesse Tyler Ferguson visited Foxborough Ocean Spray bog

The "Modern Family" actor visited Patriot Place this week to kick off the cranberry co-op’s harvest campaign. 

"Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson visited the Bay State on Thursday to kick off a holiday campaign with Ocean Spray, #BetterTogether, in support of No Kid Hungry.

Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson visited the Bay State recently to kick off a holiday campaign with Ocean Spray in support of No Kid Hungry.

The “Modern Family” star stopped by the cranberry bog at Patriot Place where he wrapped care packages with No Kid Hungry, and even popped on waders to stroll through the tiny red fruits. 

Jesse Tyler Ferguson visits a cranberry bog, adjacent to Patriot Place in Foxborough. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images for Ocean Spray)

Ocean Spray’s holiday #BetterTogether campaign celebrates what will be many families’ first holiday season together since the pandemic. The campaign’s website features dozens of recipes, from appetizers like cranberry brie bites to entrees like cranberry brined turkey to desserts like chocolate cranberry fudge cake. 

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The #BetterTogether initiative also aims to thank school staff for their hard work over the past 18 months with “thank you” packages of nutritious goodies. Ocean Spray invites folks to visit oceanspray.com/bettertogether to nominate their school district for a chance to win one of 50 care packages and a special message from Ferguson. 

While Ferguson is best known for playing Mitchell Pritchett on the sitcom “Modern Family,” he’s also the author of a cookbook, “Food Between Friends,” written with Julie Tanous.

Throughout this harvest and holiday season, Ferguson will be sharing cranberry-inspired recipes on social media as part of #BetterTogether.

“As we come out of the last 18 months, the promise of being able to finally spend time with loved ones is so wonderful,” said Ferguson in a statement. “As a new dad, I’m so proud to partner with Ocean Spray to thank the school staff feeding our children by providing delicious and nutritious packages as part of the Ocean Spray #BetterTogether initiative supporting No Kid Hungry this holiday season.” 

Ferguson and his husband, Justin Mikita, welcomed their first son last year.

The bog Ferguson visited on Thursday, adjacent to Patriot Place, is the last remaining active cranberry bog in Foxborough. The seven-acre area operated by Ocean Spray, an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry farmers, contains a nature trail and cranberry wetland system, and educates visitors on the history and ecosystem of the bog. 

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Ocean Spray has also partnered with No Kid Hungry in the wake of a year that could leave one in six children facing food insecurity.

“The pandemic continues to impact hungry children everywhere,” Diana Hovey, senior vice president at Share Our Strength, the organization behind No Kid Hungry, said in a statement. “We are grateful to come together with Ocean Spray this year to give back to kids and families in need.”

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