Being a successful company goes well beyond onsite, daily operations. For Hilmar Cheese Company, it’s about giving back to the community and industry that supported a dream…the dream of our 12 founding dairy families who established the company in 1984. Our owners – most of whom are second- and third-generation members of the Hilmar community – live and raise their families in Hilmar and Dalhart.  

    At the forefront of Hilmar Cheese Company’s efforts are community and industry involvement and support. Our owners and employees give of themselves above and beyond their roles at Hilmar Cheese Company. They’re familiar faces and respected members of many dairy industry groups and civic organizations. Throughout the years, the company has donated thousands of dollars and countless cheese baskets to support local schools, charitable causes and the dairy industry.

    Inspiring Minds to Learn and Grow

    • Visitor Center Tours and Educational Programs
      Each year, our education staff guides thousands of school children and tour groups through the cheesemaking process and hands-on exhibits, while sharing the importance of agricultural sustainability.
    • Scholarship Program
      In support of higher education, our annual program provides college or trade school tuition scholarships for children of our employees, the dairy farm families that ship milk to us and local students pursing agricultural degrees. Scholarship Guidelines and Scholarship ApplicationScholarship Applications are accepted December - March 1. Annual deadline is March 1. For questions contact scholarships@hilmarcheese.com.
    • Employee Education Assistance Program
      As part of our employee development program, Hilmar Cheese Company encourages the pursuit of college courses and degrees.

    Healthier Lives For Generations To Come

    • Legacy Circle: Emanuel Medical Center
      A long-time supporter, Hilmar Cheese Company is a major donor to our local hospital’s annual fund-raising efforts. These funds have helped build a state-of-the-art women’s birthing center, improve emergency services and sustain hospice to serve our local communities.
    • American Cancer Society's Relay for Life
      Employee teams in Hilmar and Dalhart receive matching funds to walk and raise funds for cancer research.
    • Rita Blanca Park
      Hilmar Cheese Company partnered with the City of Dalhart and Dalham-Hartley County to improve more than 6 miles of walking trails.

    Improving Community Resources

    • Annual Food Drives
      A company match to encourage participation and help our local food banks throughout the year.
    • Support for those in Need
      Support for organizations that help our communities such as the Rescue Missions, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Clothes for Kids and much more

    Dedication to the Arts

    • Gallo Center for the Arts
      Support to bring nationally acclaimed theatrical works to our community. 
    • Modesto Symphony
      Sponosr of the Pop's Series
    • Local Theater, Arts & Music Programs
      Schools, community productions, bands and more