NewsCovering Kern County

Actions

Grimmway Farms donates more than 1 million pounds of produce for COVID-19 relief

KERO-Default-Image_1280x720.png
Posted at 2:59 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 17:59:14-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Grimmway Farms has donated more than one million pounds of produce to food banks, hospitals and nonprofit charities across the country since March.

Grimmway, the world’s largest producer of carrots and the nation’s largest producer of organic vegetables, announced partnerships with Kern County hospitals and California food banks in April and since then, the company has engaged in relief efforts that have provided fresh produce to families all over the nation.

“When we were approached by Hy-Vee, we saw a great opportunity to give back,” said Eric Proffitt, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Grimmway. “We are happy to help when at all possible and the multiple efforts by Hy-Vee and local charities to serve their communities was impactful during this unprecedented time.”

They focused public donation efforts like this around packaged whole carrots as they offer a long shelf life while maintaining their quality.

Grimmway has worked with charity organizations like CityServe Bakersfield and has worked with Hidden Harvest to deliver 70,000 pounds of whole carrots to urban communities.

“Our goal is to deliver fresh food to those who need it the most,” said Jeff Huckaby, president of Grimmway Farms. “We connected with organizations that share that responsibility. We’re all working toward a common goal to keep our communities safe and we’re committed to seeing this through together.”

As the largest of Grimmway’s donation efforts during COVID-19, the company has provided just over half a million pounds of carrots to the California Association of Food Banks since the start of the pandemic.

“Our founders promised to provide good value and service every day of the year,” added Huckaby. “This year looks different than most, but through strong partnerships and a shared mission to feed the hungry we’re still able to deliver on that promise and ensure fresh food is available to those in need.”

Visit their website for more information.