Posted On: January 2, 2019

For Basic American Foods, “Making Things Better” is more than just words. It’s a value that can be found in almost everything we do as a company. A big part of that value is a dedication to giving back to our community – and that starts at the top with the BAF leadership team.

As has become a welcome part of our annual BAF leadership retreat, our team took time during the most recent meeting in Boise to get outside the meeting rooms and volunteer in the community –  the 50 attendees helped out at three different Boise-area organizations.

Located in Blaine Country where 35% of residents are food insecure or very close to it, The Hunger Coalition serves 17% of their community from their food pantry. BAF pitched in and help harvest the season’s last fruits and veggies (which of course included potatoes), winterize the gardens and pull up plants. (

Higher Ground USA uses recreational activities as a form of therapy to help veterans suffering from anxiety, depression and PTSD improve their psychological and physical health and well-being. The BAF team cleaned buses, cleaned yoga mats, inventoried sporting equipment, and organized donor documentation. (

Sawtooth Botanical Garden prides itself on a place to celebrate plants and inspire people. They strive to build community through the understanding and exploration of the unique ecology of the inter-mountain west region. BAF employees helped build potting workbenches, install shelving, and dig trenches. (

Giving back to the community is by no means limited to our BAF leaders as we encourage all salaried employees to take advantage of our Service Day program, which offers a dedicated day off each year to serve others in the community for a cause that is personally meaningful. It’s important way for us as a company to live our value of “Making Things Better” all-year round.

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