Setting Kids Up for Success & Supporting Our Teams
It’s that magical time of year across the DMV for children and their parents: back-to-school. With it, comes the rush to gather all the necessary school supplies.
Back to school shopping can get expensive very quickly, and it can be a struggle to get kids all the supplies they need, which is why Farmers Restaurant Group has been working to help provide school supplies for children of our fellow team members.
It all started at MoCo’s Founding Farmers. Five years ago, Assistant General Manager Maddie Valenzuela wanted to help her team members by providing school essentials for their kids. “We try to do fun and supportive stuff for our team throughout the year,” says Maddie. “The backpacks are an exciting initiative for everybody. The kids love it, their parents are beyond appreciative, and the backpack team loves helping with the gathering and the packing. It’s my absolute favorite time of year for our team.”
In recent years, Maddie has been helping to expand this program to more of our restaurants, including Founding Farmers DC, Founding Farmers Tysons, and Farmers Fishers Bakers DC. With parent-approved packing lists in hand, team members spend the weeks leading up to the first day of classes shopping for everything from pencils to water bottles. After gathering all the materials, we form assembly lines to fill backpacks to the brim with hopefully all the school supplies needed to get off to a great start.
Across our company, our purpose every day is to grow and sustain our team with safe and supportive work environments, as well as opportunities for continued growth and learning. For us, job satisfaction and mental wellness are essential to success for the individual employee and the entire company. Our backpack program is one way to show our gratitude for our team and our support for their families.