At King Arthur Flour, we like to share with the world not only our passion but our compassion. From donations to nonprofit organizations, to volunteering in the community, giving something back is an important value that we hold – and put into action every day. We’re committed to contributing to causes we believe in through both our energy and our profits, and we hope that in doing so we help set an example for others – individuals and businesses alike – to follow. We envision a world made better by the big impacts we can have when we all do a little something good.
Our volunteer program encourages employee-owners to spend time helping nonprofit organizations here in Vermont and beyond by providing paid time off for volunteering during normal work hours. Paid volunteer time may seem an oxymoron, but we’ve found that allowing folks to dedicate some of their working hours to causes they support gives busy people a chance to do something they may not otherwise have time for, and often inspires folks to dedicate even more time to helping their communities.
We provide 40 hours of paid volunteer time per year to part-time and full-time employees.. In our fiscal year 2007, just 26 employees volunteered a total of 215 hours. With increased focus on this benefit and some company-organized group projects each year, we’ve grown the program annually; in fiscal year 2010, 123 employees volunteered a total of 1075 hours. That’s a lot of time spent helping nonprofit organizations!
Some of our regular volunteer efforts include preparing, serving, and cleaning up after free community dinners several times each year; picking up litter during Green Up Vermont Day; sending reading mentors to local schools each week through the EverybodyWins! reading program; and maintaining the King Arthur Trail here in Norwich.
Our employees have cleaned and painted at a local homeless shelter, worked on building projects with Habitat for Humanity, taught folks in the Dominican Republic to bake in volunteer-built wood-fired ovens, baked bread for donation to people in need in our community, and so much more. We encourage employees to find volunteer opportunities that speak to their interests and passions. Our goal is to see this program growing each year, and we hope someday every employee will take advantage of this special benefit.
KAF's involvement with In Good Company: increase access to healthy food in West Oakland, CA through building community farms, backyard gardens and neighborhood farm stands, and building a greenhouse in the South Bronx to extend the growing season, aiding the community in growing and distributing fresh, neighborhood-grown food.
We offer donations of cash or products to nonprofit organizations within a 100-mile radius of Norwich focusing on nutrition education, hunger relief, and environmental sustainability. These guidelines help focus our giving not only in the geographical area in which most of our employee-owners live and work, but on the issues of greatest concern to our company.
If your nonprofit organization meets those basic requirements, please complete and submit our donation request form.
We partner with Vermont-based Red Barn Fundraising to help schools and nonprofit organizations raise money by selling our premium baking mixes.
We support Vermont Public Radio by providing dedicated space for their Upper Valley studio at our Norwich headquarters, Camelot.
Bread baking is a fun way to apply math, science, and reading comprehension to a real-life experience – just ask the more than 120,000 students we’ve taught through our Bake for Good: Kids program. In this FREE Program, Kids in grades 4 – 7 LEARN to make bread from scratch. We provide the ingredients and the know-how to get baking. Kids BAKE bread at home, and take pride in both their new skills and the delicious results. Kids give back to the community and SHARE a loaf of bread with a local organization, experiencing the joy and satisfaction that comes from helping others in their community.
Visit Bake for Good: Kids online to learn more about this exciting program, find out how to get your school involved, and download an application, recipes, booklets and other teaching materials.