In October, 1956, Frank, Paul, and Varney Jerome (the original owners of Baker Commodities Inc.) founded The Jerome Foundation, with a primary focus on promoting the care and education of children. Although the Jerome brothers are no longer alive, the foundation continues today under the direction of Baker employees and a nephew of the Jerome’s.
There are two Jerome Foundations, the primary operation being in the United States and an affiliated foundation in the Philippines where the Jeromes operated three copra crushing plants until 1973. The U.S. foundation fully funds the Philippine operations as well as providing funding to other U.S. charities for children-related activities. Thanks to the generosity of the foundation, over 30,000 surgical procedures have been performed in the Philippines, mainly harelip, cleft palate, and clubfoot operations. The foundation covers the costs of these procedures, which are performed in the Philippines by Philippine doctors, some of whom were trained in the United States at Jerome Foundation expense.
Since 1999, the Foundation and Baker Commodities Inc. has also sponsored 2 students per year with individual $10,000 scholarships. Applications are taken through the Variety Boys and Girls Club that is located in East Los Angeles ( www.vbgc.org)
Baker Commodities Inc. gives back to the rendering community by remaining involved with industry associations. As an active member of the Pacific Coast Renderers Association and the National Renderers Association practically since their inceptions, the Baker Commodities Inc.’s management team has in the past and currently serves on numerous committees and boards of directors, donating effortless time and monies in support of what they feel are vital organizations to the continued success of not only Baker, but also of the rendering industry.
In addition to the above, Baker Commodities Inc. and its divisions are members of local Chambers of Commerce and support a wide variety of local organizations in their communities.