Feb 27, 2023G&R Farms promotes charitable promotions
G&R Farms’ charitable efforts are helping the communities served by the sweet onion grower’s retail store customers.
In November and December, G&R partnered with regional grocery store operators throughout the U.S. to raise $8,000 in donations for charities and food banks.
Along with G&R’s spring and summer Growing America’s Farmer campaign, Season of Giving collectively raised more than $120,000 during the 2022 fiscal year to support community food organizations. The effort also provides grants and scholarships for future agriculture professionals, according to a news release from the Glennville, Georgia-based sweet onion grower and shipper.
In its third yearly “Season of Giving” promotional campaign, G&R works with three participating retail chains that choose their charity or food bank partner within their communities. In the program, G&R donates a portion of proceeds from all sales of Peruvian onions sold during the promotion period in the name of the retailer.
“We are proud to have continued this program in 2022,” Blake Dasher, G&R’s CEO, said in the release. “Giving back is at the core of who we are at G&R Farms and we’re grateful to have retail partners who feel the same.”
Dasher cited concern over food affordability as being rampant in the U.S. Feeding America reported 34 million Americans currently experience food insecurity, reaching 100% of U.S. counties.
“That is an incredible burden that we are honored to help alleviate in any way we can,” Dasher said in the release. “A third-generation family farm, G&R takes their responsibility as an industry leader seriously and makes it a priority to give back. 2022 was a record-breaking charitable year for us. We’ve already started planning for our 2023 charitable projects, and we’re looking to break records, again.”
G&R is a third-generation family farm. Beginning as a small southeast Georgia farm in 1945, G&R has grown to more than 5,000 acres, encompassing several crops with a focus on sweet onions. G&R has been growing, packing, marketing and shipping sweet onions, including Vidalia onions, for nearly seven decades. The company grows and ships sweet onions throughout the year.