Grimmway Farms Joins "Pack to School" Giveaway
BAKERSFIELD, CA – At Grimmway Farms, community involvement isn’t just a cursory undertaking, but a crucial part of the company’s operations that have led to its stature as a premium produce provider in the industry. In this vein, the company recently participated in the “Pack to School” Giveaway for local students of Lamont, California.
“At Grimmway Farms, we are committed to giving back to our community and investing in education for our youth,” said Jeff Huckaby, President of Grimmway Farms. “When the Greater Lamont Chamber of Commerce asked for our help with its Back to School Supply Drive, we readily agreed to participate knowing that this cause would strongly connect with our employees.”
This past Saturday, volunteers from Grimmway Farms joined the Lamont business community to distribute hundreds of backpacks and school supplies collected by local business for the Back to School Supply Drive led by the Greater Lamont Chamber of Commerce. According to a press release, nearly 500 local school children were on hand for the event.
The Greater Lamont Chamber of Commerce coordinated the Back to School Supply Drive to ensure that area school children have access to the essential supplies needed for the upcoming school year. The event took place at the Lamont Weedpatch Family Resource Center, where students were allowed to pick and choose from donated supplies, giving them a “shopping” experience to connect each student with items appropriate for their grade level.
“We received everything from crayons to calculators, and a total of 780 backpacks. A few local hairdressers were onsite offering free haircuts to students as well. The Greater Lamont Chamber of Commerce appreciates Grimmway Farms, its employees, and all of the participating businesses for their generous donations,” said Jose Gonzalez, President, Greater Lamont Chamber of Commerce. “Because of their efforts and commitment, the children of Lamont will now be prepared to start the school year with essential school supplies.”
Grimmway Farms also initiated a friendly competition amongst seven of its Lamont/Arvin facilities to spur employee participation in the drive. The facility that collected the most donations for the drive will be rewarded with a personal ice cream social event hosted by Huckaby. The company itself also donated 330 backpacks and 800 carrot snack packs to the program.
“The level of employee participation in this school supply drive makes me so proud. I’m never surprised by our employees’ commitment to our communities, but I’m always impressed. Once again, our employees demonstrated that, at Grimmway, ‘giving back to the community’ isn’t a slogan; it’s part of our company’s cultural fabric.”
All proceeds benefitted the students of the Lamont School District, Vineland School District, Kern High School District, and more. Students were able to select from a wide selection of fundamental supplies that were collected over a weeks-long drive for donations. These supplies included, notebooks, pens, pencils, paper, binders, highlighters, rulers, and safety scissors. Extra backpacks and supplies will be donated to students in the Arvin community.
Other Lamont local businesses that participated in the drive were Dollar Tree, Recology, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, and Fastrip Gas Stations.
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