Grimmway Farms Recognizes Employees and Students at Local Picnic
- by Anne Allen
BAKERSFIELD, CA - In my mind, there is perhaps no better way to celebrate than with a picnic. I think Grimmway Farms would agree with me, as it recently hosted its annual company picnic at the Kern County Fairgrounds to honor its dedicated employees and their families.
The event, which was initiated over 30 years ago by company Founders Rod and Bob Grimm, was attended by more than 10,000 employees and guests, including Supervisor David Couch, Mayor Karen Goh, and the offices of Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Senator Shannon Grove, Senator Melissa Hurtado, and Assemblyman Vince Fong. Festivities included music, carnival rides, a health and wellness fair, and a raffle for more than 60 prizes—including a car and a $10,000 vacation.
The company also presented scholarships to graduating high school seniors as part of its annual Rod and Bob Grimm Memorial Scholarship Program. The program, according to a company press release, recognizes the superior academic performance of students who have a parent or guardian employed by Grimmway. Since the program was created in 1997, Grimmway has awarded more than 630 scholarships totaling over $1.65 million.
“Today, we gave out 56 scholarships,” said Brandon Grimm, son of Bob Grimm and General Manager of the Organic Division at Grimmway Farms. “To be able to invest in the community and show our appreciation for our employees by providing educational opportunities for their children is really special.”
To qualify, applicants must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.8; those who exceed a 3.5 receive a MacBook Pro laptop in addition to renewable scholarship funds. This year’s recipients will attend a variety of top-ranked schools, including UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Westmont College, and the United States Navel Academy.
“This picnic is a highlight of our year and gives us the opportunity to reward the employees who work so hard for us,” stated Jeff Huckaby, President. He joined Grimmway Farms in 1998 and has served as President since 2016. “Our employees are everything to us and that’s the way Rod and Bob started it. We take this time to thank them for the past year of dedication and hard work.”
The event concluded with remarks from Barbara Grimm Marshall, Kari Grimm Anderson, and company leadership, followed by a fireworks display.
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