Palmetto Cheese is evolving and listening to its community. We are committed to leading as an advocate for unity and change. To this end, we are excited to announce new efforts we are undertaking.
Establishment of an Honorary Endowment
To support the community that we live in, work in and love, we are excited to announce the formation of the Grace and Grits Endowment. This endowment will be led and directed by a council of diverse, local community leaders and aims to provide scholarship opportunities in the culinary arts, offer grants to aspiring entrepreneurs, and assist local food bank programs.
The endowment will receive in its first year a $100,000 contribution from the Henry family and Palmetto Cheese and will continue to be funded by the profits of Palmetto Cheese, with the company donating 1% of profits to the endowment each year. Through fundraising and advocacy, we will also work to encourage other local companies and business partners to support this vehicle for progress.
In addition to identifying new areas of giving, the endowment will continue to support:
- Teach My People – Providing after-school academic assistance, character development, cultural and spiritual enrichment, and physical activity daily to ensure that students succeed in school and life
- Smith Medical Clinic – Providing free of charge medical care to residents of Georgetown County who do not have insurance and cannot afford to pay for medical care
- Village Group – Providing youth development, literacy enrichment, STEM-based education, and recreation via after school programs.
- Friendship Place – Providing hot meals, job training, and shelter by working with religious groups, community organizations and volunteers
Strengthening Diversity and Inclusion at Palmetto Cheese
Ensuring a diverse and inclusive environment is a perpetual commitment and journey for Palmetto Cheese. To support this effort, we are actively working to employ a Diversity and Community Liaison.
This position will be tasked with:
- Leading and managing the new endowment
- Developing company-wide diversity, inclusion, and training programs
- Collaborating with local faith-based and community leaders to foster dialogue and better community relationships
We would like to announce new changes to the graphics on all our Palmetto Cheese varieties. New labels will be the initial update to the packaging and should be on the grocery shelves by the end of October.
Our past label held the image of our dear friend and long-time cook, Vertrella Brown. Raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and a cook for more than 40 years, she specialized in Gullah and Low Country Cuisine. She personified the soulful flavor that is embodied in Sassy Henry’s unique, southern recipe of pimento cheese. Vertrella sadly passed away in April 2020.
We understand action is necessary to embrace change within our organization and we are committed to making an impact internally and within the community.
Future updates and the latest news regarding the endowment will be made to this page.