Here at the farm we have a desire to be just more than a company that supplies meat to people. Through our farming practices we want to heal our communities health, heal our counties land, and be a place where friends, family, and strangers can come together and share in our joy.
We are constantly looking for ways to become a farm that is part of a family that provides support and goes above and beyond the scope of what farms typically do. Being in this industry it is so easy to get caught up in figures and numbers. We have to make sure our x's and o's are in order so that we can finically support the day to day operations and stay in business to fulfill one of our main goals - quality food production.
Having said that, business has to be more than just profits and losses. As stewards, we have to be a company that leaves behind more than what we take. While on the farming side we do this through building soil structure and providing healthy options in peoples diets - there has to be more.
On September 11, 2001 343 firefighters lost their lives serving their city and country in the nations biggest terrorist attack to date. The number 343 is a common theme in the fire service today. Numerous tattoos don the bodies of current firefighters and stickers are placed on helmets to remember those who lost their lives in response to the attacks. That only tells half the story though. Even more first responders sacrificed their lives that day, and thousands continue to be affected 16 years later as the fallout of debris and asbestos wreak havoc on their health. First responders continue to risk their health and lives every day in public service, and that is where Whitaker Farms chooses to focus their efforts.
One of the first commitments we made as a company was to give 10% off every first responders (military, fire, police, ems, etc.) order. We had a desire to serve those who serve us. We not only want to say thank you to all the first responders out there, but we always wanted to show our gratitude in a way that will help them in their day to day lives.
To go beyond that, every year Whitaker farms will also donate 10% of their profits to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in hopes to gives back a small portion of what these men and women so bravely give to us. This isn't a commitment only when times are good or when there is excess - this is every year. We encourage you to take a look at their website and see what this company does for those who have lost their lives in the line of service.
National Fallen Firefighter's Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md.