Through its Columbine Cares program, Delano, Calif.-based Columbine Vineyards has continued its tradition of giving back to the community that has extended over four generations.
During 2014, the table grape grower-packer partnered with Community Action Partnership of Kern and its Farm to Food Bank to Family program, according to a news release.
The program, which connects grower-packers with local food banks, is designed to meet the nutritional needs of economically disadvantaged Kern County residents.
Columbine Vineyards also donated to the Bakersfield Golden Empire Gleaners and to the Porterville Gleaners. Both non-profit groups collect edible, surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away and distribute it to agencies that feed the hungry.
“The work that the non-profits do in our community are invaluable, and we are pleased to be able to help them in their efforts,” John Carter, Columbine Vineyards’ facilities director, said in the release.