Since Southington Bread for Life opened its doors in 1984, the support of many businesses and individuals has made it possible for the organization to continue its mission to ensure that no one goes hungry in the community. Rogers Orchards has demonstrated its commitment for the past 30 years by providing apples, cider, baked goods and more, which are served to the many people served by the food program. Since 2009, the business has opened its home location on Long Bottom Road for Bread for Life’s annual Walk to End Hunger fundraiser. Established in 1809, Rogers Orchards represents eight generations of family fruit growing in Southington. The family is proud that the business is a Connecticut landmark and continues to be a testament to the state’s farming heritage. On 275 acres at two locations, more than 20 varieties of apples and 12 types of peaches as well as pears, plums, nectarines and apricots are grown. Two stores, including Sunnymount on Meriden Waterbury Turnpike, sell a wide variety of their fruit, seasonal vegetables, baked goods and local food items including honey, maple syrup, eggs and cheese. Pick-your-own is also available on certain weekends. To celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2009, the Rogers family decided to demonstrate its commitment to the community by starting the Walk to End Hunger to raise awareness about Bread for Life.
“We’ve always had a great relationship with Bread for Life so we organized this event as a way for the community and families to have fun while giving back to a great organization,” said Peter Rogers, eighth-generation fruit grower. “People don’t know that there is such a need in Southington.”
Rogers said the business supports many nonprofits and their fundraisers. “We get great satisfaction in being able to do what we do,” he said.
“The Rogers family has given to the community for many, many years and they continue to give from their business to feed the hungry here in Southington. They not only donate goods but also their time and talents,” said Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director. “We could not do what we do without folks like the Rogers family,” Hafford said.
For more information about Bread for Life, visit www.southingtonbreadforlife.com. For more information about Rogers Orchards, visit www.rogersorchards.com. Photo courtesy of Bread for Life Members of the Rogers family and Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director, gather outside the Rogers Orchards home location on Long Bottom Road. From left are Peter Rogers, Logan Rogers, Martha Parzych, Greg Parzych holding Eden Parzych, Hafford, John Rogers and Nancy Rogers.