Stemilt Growers LLC, Wenatchee, Wash., and its founding family, the Mathisons, were awarded one of the three 2017 Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards.
The company won the award for the positive impact it has made on underserved and disadvantaged groups in the Wenatchee area.
Stemilt offers employees free, on-site English classes and recently donated $150,000 to help build a community soup kitchen.
The company also operates the Stemilt Family Clinic, which offers free, primary care services to all Stemilt employees and their dependents.
“This is quite the honor for the Mathison family and the entire Stemilt team,” said West Mathison, president and CEO of Stemilt, in a news release. “Our company mission focuses on cultivating people, and these programs that were recognized are a step towards doing that.”
The City of Wenatchee and its Diversity Advisory Council gave out the award at its annual Multicultural and Martin Luther King Jr. Festival.