Grimmway Farms Awards 65 College Scholarships At Annual Company Picnic
BAKERSFIELD, CA - Grimmway Farms brought more than just potato salad to its annual company picnic this year. As part of its event held each spring to honor the company’s employees and their families, Grimmway Farms awarded 65 college scholarships, while welcoming more than 10,000 employees and family members to a “Farm to Table” gathering at the Kern County Fair Grounds.
“The picnic is a highlight of our year,” said President and CEO Jeff Huckaby. “Not only do we have a chance to show our appreciation for our dedicated employees, their families, and their great work, we also recognize many of their children by awarding college scholarships. We’re proud to help these young people pursue their academic dreams at colleges and universities across the nation. By investing in them, we are investing in the future success of our company, our industry, and our community.”
The company began its tradition of awarding scholarships in 2005, choosing recipients based on scholastic achievement, according to a press release. Grimmway’s scholarships provide support to students attending both two- and four-year colleges and universities—and are renewable for four years. This year’s recipients will attend a variety of schools, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the University of Oregon.
To see the footage of the awards picnic, narrated by the company's Director of Safety Joel Sherman, check out the video below.
“This picnic was initiated more than 30 years ago by our founders, Rod and Bob Grimm, who knew that the bedrock of this company’s success is its employees and their families,” continued Huckaby. “That family orientation and tradition is just as strong today as it was at our founding. In a very real way, this annual picnic continues the traditions of the past, appreciates the committed employees of today, and encourages the generations of tomorrow.”
In addition to the scholarship awards, Grimmway brought out all the stops for its picnic festivities. The company provided a variety of food selections, live entertainment, and a raffle for a new car. In total, 500 volunteers, including 250 administrative employees and their families, helped put on the full show.