Blue Bag Event Recap: Bay State Milling Company

The following email came from Enza Testa, an employee with Bay State Milling Company. For this event, Food For Friends provided 100 turkeys and Blue Bags. For more pictures from this event, go to our album on Facebook titled 2020-11-21 Bay State Milling 

Bay State Milling Company was proud to once again partner with Food for Friends to pack bags full of food to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal to families and organizations in our local area.  Bay State Milling Company has been partnering with Food for Friends for over 10 years, with the number of local employee participants growing each year. 

For the 2020 event, employees at the Bolingbrook location of Bay State Milling (279 Beaudin Blvd) packed 100  bags full of a whole frozen turkey, corn, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and corn muffin mix all while adhering to strict health protocols like wearing masks and maintain social distance. 

Employees then took as many of the packed bags as they wanted in order to provide them to a family or organization in need that they are either connected with or are aware of. As an example, Carmen Pabon, Traffic Analyst with Bay State Milling for over 13 years, brings her food bags to Humble Hearts (  Humble Hearts was started 18 years ago by one woman, Carol Boyd, who wanted to serve the community on the northwest side of Chicago more fully.  “I heard her story on the radio on the way to work here one morning and it happened to be the day we were doing the blue bag/food packing event. I emailed her if she would accept the turkeys and blue bags and she did.  I want to say I’ve taken them to her 3-4 years now” said Pabon. 

In addition to Humble Hearts the employees of Bay State Milling, in conjunction with Food For Friends, also serves families in local shelters, hospitals, various veteran’s affairs, churches, micro-pantry’s and individual families who may be struggling. 

Bay State Milling Company was founded in 1899 on a strong core purpose and set of values that are still adhered to today.  One of the many ways BSM likes to operate within that framework is to “protect, support and invest in the communities and environments in which we operate”.  By partnering with Food For Friends each November, we are able to serve our local communities and be a blessing to those in need.

Thank you,

Enza Testa, Bay State Milling Company