Community is important to us.
At Lodge Cast Iron, we act in the best interest of our environment and local area — not because we feel we are supposed to, but because investing in our roots is an important part of our ethical integrity. As a fifth-generation, family-owned company, we are committed to doing the right thing for our employees and our community.
Through fundraising initiatives and charity auctions, Lodge Cast Iron has raised well over $1 million to support our community and the surrounding area.
"…over $1 million in proceeds have been donated to the South Pittsburg community."
Lodge National Cornbread Cook-off
Each April, the small, historic town of South Pittsburg draws thousands of visitors to celebrate cornbread—the staple of southern food and cast iron cooking. Lodge sponsors the National Cornbread Cook-off, a search for the nation's best cornbread recipe. During the National Cornbread Festival, Lodge opens its foundry doors to the public for free tours.
Since the festival began, over $1 million in proceeds have been donated to:
- Landscape local streets
- Build and support athletic facilities and grounds
- Support schools, daycares, and boy scout troops
- Support local theaters, churches, and libraries
A Skillet Full Cookbook
In 2001, the South Pittsburg Historic Preservation Society wrote this cookbook that includes local community recipes and the area's cultural history as it pertains to Lodge Cast Iron. Sinc the book's release in 2002, Lodge has sold more than 250,000 copies and donated more than $245,000 to The South Pittsburg Historic Preservation Society.
120th Anniversary Charity Auction
In 2016, Lodge presented checks to three area charities: The Marion County Food Bank, The Marion County Good Neighbors, and the Marion County Children's Fund. The checks totaled over $25,000.
Serve and Protect
Cookbook publisher Oxmoor House and Meredith Corporation donated $25,000 to the Tennessee Aquarium's Serve and Protect initiative in Lodge's name. This initiative supports the practice of sustainably caught seafood and works to continue the conversation and raise awareness of sustainable fishing practices. Lodge continues to support this initiative as a sponsor of the annual fundraising event.
In 2018, Lodge adopted a 2-mile stretch of Highway 72 near South Pittsburg, Tennessee. On the group's first weekend, employees collected three truck beds full of garbage and one truck bed full of tires. Since the program's inception in 1989, Tennessee volunteers have collected more than 12 million pounds of litter from Tennessee's roadsides. These valuable contributions are creating cleaner roadsides, reducing maintenance costs, and boosting litter prevention awareness in the Volunteer state.
Tennessee Wildfire Relief
In December 2016, Lodge partnered with the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund and raised over $100,00 for families impacted by the Tennessee wildfires through the online sale of the 2016 Great Smoky Mountains Skillet.
"…Lodge raised over $100,000 for families impacted by the 2016 Tennessee wildfires."
Wine Over Water
In 2018, Lodge was a proud sponsor of Wine Over Water in its neighboring city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Cornerstones and their historic preservation efforts in Chattanooga. Cornerstones, Chattanooga’s only nonprofit Historic Preservation Organization, exists to preserve the architectural heritage and urban fabric of Chattanooga. Cornerstones works to conserve and bring new life to the historic buildings and streets of Chattanooga, making them relevant properties of the present.