Members of the Grimm family who recognized recipients of Rod and Bob Grimm Memorial Scholarships at the recent Grimmway picnic were Barbara Grimm Marshall (from left), Brandon Grimm and Catie Grimm Gardiner. ( Courtesy Grimmway Farms )

Grimmway Farms, Bakersfield, Calif., hosted its annual company picnic recently, which included presenting dozens of students scholarships.

Since 1997, the company has awarded more than 630 scholarships totaling more than $1.65 million through the Rod and Bob Grimm Memorial Scholarship program. Named after the company founders, the program honors academic performance of students who have a parent or guardian employed by Grimmway, according to a news release.

At the April 14 picnic, the company awarded 56 scholarships.

“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,” Brandon Grimm, general manager of the company’s organic division and son of Bob Grimm, said in the release.

The picnic, at the Kern County Fairgrounds, is an annual highlight for the company and gives the company the opportunity to thank employees, President Jeff Huckaby said.

“Our employees are everything to us and that’s the way Rod and Bob started it,” Huckaby said in the release. “We take this time to thank them for the past year of dedication and hard work.”

More than 10,000 employees and guests attended, with Grimmway’s year-long “Family-Owned for 50 Years and Growing” campaign as a theme.

Guests included Kern County Supervisor David Couch, Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh, U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Calif. Sen. Melissa Hurtado, and Calif. Assemblyman Vince Fong, according to the release.