Most businesses bagged it this year between March and May. Valley Queen, however, was receiving milk and producing cheese every day with the help of their essentials employees. So, they decided to bag it in a different way.
The Valley Queen management team wanted to show their appreciation for those workers who stayed on the job and continued to do top-level work. They also wanted to find a way to support Milbank businesses suffering from a huge reduction in customers. They decided give a free lunch to each of their workers every Friday. About 200 brown bag lunches were purchased from Milbank restaurants every week. Most of the lunches included a sandwich, chips, a cookie, and, of course, a glass of milk.
According to Callie Curley, communications coordinator for Valley Queen, “Employees responded positively to the lunches. And what made it so great was seeing the teamwork and ‘can-do’ attitude the employees displayed in making it happen. Because the Heritage Center had been closed, Kerry Fish and her team banded together to pick up the lunches, bring them to the plant, and distribute them. It wouldn’t happened without Kerry and her team.”
Curley says the program was so successful they have decided to extend it to producers, “During June, we are providing bag lunches to each of the dairy farms that supply Valley Queen. Cheeseburger Day has been canceled and we hope this small gesture will brighten their days now when we can’t all gather together.”
Photo courtesy of Valley Queeen