Through the Walk for Hunger, companies big and small around the state have made ending hunger part of their business. This year, Bay State Milling, Checkpoint 2 sponsor of the 49th Walk, is celebrating its 10th year both as a Walk Sponsor and as an employee Walk Team.
As a company dedicated to producing high-quality, healthy and affordable grain and flour products, Bay State Milling's mission and values align closely with Project Bread's. Bay State Milling Team Captain Donna Reiser emphasizes that the company is dedicated to serving the community while remaining committed to their core values of integrity, respect, quality, service, creativity and teamwork.
"As an integral part of the food chain with a focus on health and wellness, it's natural for us to support an organization that provides education and access to healthy food through a variety of social programs," Donna explains. "We have confidence that Project Bread will utilize the funds from the Walk to develop long-term solutions and sustainable programs. People want to do good for their neighbors, and this is a great opportunity to get involved."
Bay State Milling's Walk Team has grown over the past decade – comprised of Bay State Milling employees, their families and friends, and members of the Rothwell family, who owns the company. Donna has been walking with Bay State Milling since 2009 and has been Team Captain for three years. Before she was Captain, Donna helped organized Bay State Milling's Walk kick-off lunch and fundraising events. "It is an awesome experience to join forces with tens of thousands of people," she says.
Bay State Milling has matched their Team's fundraising total each year since 2013. According to Donna, the Bay State Milling Walk Team has raised a total of approximately $120,000 since they first started walking in 2008 – not including their company's event sponsorship.
Looking ahead, Donna hopes that people around the globe continue to fight to end hunger. "My hope is that Project Bread will continue to educate and nourish our next generation and inspire people to help their neighbors," she explains.