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JBS USA is committed to giving back to our communities in which we live and work. We strive to make a positive difference in our neighborhoods, for our team members and their families and our customers. We recognize the social responsibility of being a major employer, and we understand that behind every team member is a family, for whom they provide and in every city where we do business there is a community, to which we contribute.

Fort Collins
Colorado

The JBS Global Food Innovation Center In Honor of Gary and Kay Smith officially opened on the Colorado State University campus Tuesday, April 9, when JBS USA CEO Andre Nogueira cut the ribbon on the $20 million state-of-the-art facility. In March 2017, JBS USA entered into a strategic, long-term partnership with CSU that included a $7.5 million contribution toward construction of the building, as well as a $5 million investment in educational programming specifically for JBS USA and Pilgrim’s team members.

Grand Island
Nebraska

After historical floods hit the state of Nebraska, thousands of families were left without a home, farmers lost land and cattle, bridges collapsed and entire towns and cities became islands with no way in or out. “When tragedies like this happen in Nebraska, it is known that we, Nebraskans, have always worked together to overcome impossible situations and continue to thrive as a community and as a state,” said Gabriela Dawes, Grand Island HR Supervisor. Over several weeks, her team raised more than $3,000 by raffling boxes of meat to current staff.

Green Bay
Wisconsin

Several JBS USA Green Bay team members participated in the Literacy Scrabble Bee. Green Bay sponsors a table every year, and the money goes directly into supporting the Literacy Council of Green Bay.

Greeley
Colorado

JBS Greeley Beef hosted its annual National Western Stock Show Meat Judging Contest. For over 30 years now, the Greeley Beef plant has opened its doors to this event. We are proud and privileged to host such talented young men and women from around the country. This year, 20 schools and 162 students participated in the national event.

Arcadia
Wisconsin

The Pilgrim’s Pride production facility in Arcadia, Wis., announced a donation of $100,000 to the Arcadia Education Foundation in support of the Wanek Center, a new community recreation and event center located on the campus of the Arcadia School District.

Lufkin
Texas

Pilgrim’s Lufkin facility hosted the first Pilgrim’s Thank A Hero First Responder BBQ in December. Along with soft drinks, we served hot dogs and hamburgers to Central Fire Department, Hudson Fire Department, Huntington Fire Department, Lufkin Police Department, Angelina County Sherriff’s Department, DPS, Angelina County Game Wardens. We had a great turnout, and received a thank you letter from the Angelina County Sheriff. All leftover food was then donated to local hospitals.

Greeley
Colorado

Greeley beef celebrated the holiday season with the students at Salida Del Sol Academy. Each student received a gift bag from Santa through JBS. This is a tradition that JBS and Salida Del Sol have kept strong for many years, and one that will continue to grow.

Worthington
Minnesota

JBS Worthington team members pledged $153,544 for the United Way of Nobles County’s 2019 campaign. Cindy Elsing, who co-chairs the United Way fund drive at the local hog processing plant, said the production department at JBS made up 69 percent of the total contributions, with management pledging 31 percent. “JBS is very proud and we’re also very humbled by the generosity of our team members and their support in our communities in Nobles County,” Elsing added.

Beardstown
Illinois

The team at the JBS USA Pork Plant in Beardstown, Ill., answered the call to help people from their community have a better Christmas. The plant donated 14 cases of loins and $2,000 cash to the Cass County Food Pantry. The plant also made another donation to the Angel Tree organization to help put smiles on the faces of more than 30 kids who were in need of a gift this past holiday season. Team members also raised money to buy canned vegetables for the Beardstown Annual Christmas Food Basket which were all donated to the Cass County Food Pantry.

Enterprise
Alabama

Pilgrim’s Enterprise teamed up with Annie’s Café, a local restaurant, to help feed and support the victims of hurricane Michael. Pilgrim's donated more than 3,000 pounds of chicken and more than 1,300 plates were served, providing meals for those who lost their homes.

Pilgrim's

Pilgrim’s and Kroger formed a joint partnership to support communities impacted by Hurricane Florence through a donation of 80,000 pounds of Just BARE chicken —Pilgrim’s brand committed to providing good food for more people.

Cold Spring
Minnesota

Team Members at the Pilgrim's Cold Spring plant raised more than $800 for United Way of Central Minnesota during the annual "Pie in Your Face" event. Team members paid $1 for a plate of whip cream to throw at their Supervisor or Lead.

Greeley
Colorado

Last year, team members from the Greeley Beef facility raised more than $110,000 for United Way. This year, they look forward to another successful campaign, which kicked off with a bowling challenge. JBS Greeley Beef sponsored two teams for the kickoff, with one of the teams taking home a trophy.

Marshville
North Carolina

In honor of Earth Day, Pilgrim's team members planted a row of trees in front of the Pilgrim's Live Operations offices in Marshville. According to Cliff Lee, Pilgrim's Live Operations Manager, "Pilgrim's is proud of its record of sustainable meat production. We're constantly working to reduce our carbon footprint through more efficient production methods. Planting trees is another way we can help save the planet. And we get a bonus . . . they're beautiful!"

Hyrum
Utah

The JBS USA Fed Beef plant in Hyrum, Utah, supported the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Awards Banquet from two high schools near the facility: Mountain Crest and Ridgeline High School. JBS Hyrum has its own foodservice and has been catering for these school banquets since 2013. “We also have the opportunity to address and congratulate these future farmers with some words of encouragement,” said Tim Tuckett, Hyrum HR director. The facility’s team served more than 315 people combined for the two school events.

Green Bay
Wisconsin

In April, team members from the JBS Regional Beef Plant in Green Bay, Wis., visited the local fire station to personally thank the firefighters and first responders for their work in keeping the community safe. “On behalf of JBS Green Bay, we showed our appreciation for the Green Bay Fire Department’s dedication. We let them know how much we appreciate the hard work that they do for the community all the time, and most recently, helping to rescue the flood victims,” said Adiel Tarango, Green Bay plant Human Resources Director.

Tolleson
Arizona

The JBS USA Regional Beef plant in Tolleson, Ariz., donated more than 100 pounds of chuck rolls to the Tolleson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6310 Cornhole Tournament. The chuck rolls were cooked and sold at the event. About 30 teams competed at the event and helped the VFW post’s fundraising efforts to build a new hall in Tolleson. Tolleson plant Fabrication Manager Jarrett Slaton is a veteran himself and knows how important it is to have the Tolleson community and the company support the VFW.

Marshalltown
Iowa

The JBS USA Marshalltown Pork Plant and the United Food & Commercial Workers Local (UFCW) 1149 donated $1,000 to each of the six elementary schools in the Marshalltown Community School District (a total of $6,000) on March 5. Checks were presented to the principals of the schools by JBS USA and UFCW representatives. This is the third straight year that JBS USA and the UFCW have made these donations to the schools.

Grand Island
Nebraska

The JBS USA Grand Island plant’s management team recently offered a special recognition for local firefighters and first responders. They donated 142 pounds of steak – all produced at the facility -- to the firefighter team and each firefighter received an individual message from the Grand Island Plant Manager and HR Manager. This was a gesture of the plant’s appreciation for their hard work for the community and their dedication to making the Grand Island facility a safer place for all.

Souderton
Pennsylvania

The JBS USA Beef Souderton team participated in the Franconia Township Police Department’s annual “Shop with a Cop” event for the seventh time. The event provides a Christmas shopping experience for local families who need assistance during the holiday season. This year, JBS and the Franconia Township Police Department were able to shop with 15 families! Each family was awarded a $1,500 Walmart gift card to spend either that day, during future visits to any area Walmart, or even online.

Cactus
Texas

JBS Cactus was honored to help sponsor “Shop with a Cop” during the holiday season at Walmart in Dumas, Texas. This is the Second Annual Shop with a Cop event in Dumas that JBS has participated.

Greeley
Colorado

JBS Carriers held a food drive for Weld Food Bank this past holiday season and ended up bringing in 725 non-perishable food items, 19 turkeys, and $505 in cash donations.

JBS Canada

JBS Canada team members raised more than $25,000 to help build a new, accessible playground at Eastbrook Elementary. The playground is being built to accommodate the number of students attending the school and living in the surrounding area. Over the course of the fundraiser JBS matched the donations made by team members.

Greeley
Colorado

The Greeley Beef team is a proud supporter of the Platte Valley Elementary School's annual Literacy Night, an informal learning opportunity for the students and families of the Kersey, Colorado community. Since 2013 JBS team members have been helping to serve food and volunteer for this important night.

Grand Island
Nebraska

The JBS Beef Grand Island team members wanted to help the community by donating school supplies to local schools. They were able to provide a donation of more than $600 in school supplies, including backpacks, colored pencils, glue, notebooks, and much more.

Swanton
Vermont

The Plumrose Swanton facility held its 3rd Annual "Walking for a Cure" to benefit the American Cancer Society. The money they raised came from donations, from selling their own uniquely designed T-shirts, raffle ticket sales and, of course, the facility's world famous delicious barbecued ribs. All of the funds raised, which totaled to $6,522, were donated to The Hope Lodge of The American Cancer Society.

Plainwell Michigan

During the month of February, the JBS team members in Plainwell put on a weekly bake sale and had such items as hats, t-shirts, hearts, bags and water bottles available to purchase for their American Heart Association fundraiser. The team members raised more than $1,714 and the company matched, for a total donation of $3,428.

Tolleson Arizona

JBS Beef in Tolleson held its 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament in December 2017. This year, they introduced a new charity called the JAAM Foundation whose mission is to provide adaptive sports equipment to junior athletes in the Phoenix area. The tournament raised approximately $25,000 for the JAAM Foundation.

Ellijay Georgia

Ellijay was named 2017 Business of the Year by the Gilmer Chamber.

Omaha
Nebraska

During the month of April, the Omaha plant had the pleasure of teaming up with United Way of the Midlands to help raise a total of $26,359. The money raised will help United Way continue to provide assistance to our local programs such as the Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army, and the Omaha Latino Center.

Cold Spring
Minnesota

Team members from the Pilgrim’s Complex in Cold Spring, Minn., faced a really cold challenge to help a good cause. Two brave Pilgrim’s souls participated in the Polar Plunge, a series of events where people jump into a frozen lake to support Special Olympics Minnesota. Team members jumped into Pleasant Lake (at 20⁰F), and together they raised about $2,200 for the cause. Fundraising is required to be a Plunger (a Polar Plunge participant), which includes jumping into the lake and taking part in other Plunge activities.

Mt. Pleasant
Texas

The Pilgrim’s plant in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, has been doing great work supporting the CASA Organization for the past year. CASA is a national association in the United States that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in order to provide children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes. Recently, the Mt. Pleasant facility assisted with the CASA Princess Ball, a fundraiser that the organization holds each year. Along with a monetary donation to assist with the cost of renting the building for the event, Pilgrim’s also sponsored 12 foster children so that they would be able to attend the Princess Ball.

Tolleson
Arizona

The JBS Beef Tolleson Plant hosted its 4th Annual Company Golf Tournament. The facility’s management team and vendors attended the tournament, which was a golf scramble. A total of 38 teams of four players per team participated. The golfers enjoyed the tournament while also contributing to a good cause. Proceeds from the event – about $20,000 – were donated to the New Life Center, an institution that provides shelter and support for victims of domestic violence.

Cactus
Texas

The JBS Cactus team “adopted” 23 children from Cactus for Christmas. The initiative happened through the facility’s partnerships with Cactus Nazarene Ministry Center (CNMC) and Cactus Elementary School. The gifts were delivered to the Cactus Nazarene Ministry Center by Cassie Hataway, JBS Cactus HR Manager. Thanks to each of our team members that helped with this annual event, and for making a positive impact on the lives of our local families.

Plainwell
Michigan

The JBS Plainwell plant was recognized by Christian Neighbors for their efforts during this holiday season. During the month of November, team members in Plainwell put on a food drive with a goal to collect enough food to supply ten families with a Thanksgiving meal. JBS Plainwell exceeded their goal by collecting enough food to provide 12 in need families a Thanksgiving meal.

Marshalltown
Iowa

JBS USA Marshalltown team members put in countless hours in creating their float for the community's annual fall parade, Oktemberfest. The float was voted BEST COMMERCIAL FLOAT. Oktemberfest is a huge event for the community and JBS USA has gone above and beyond to showcase its appreciation for the Marshalltown community and its workforce. JBS USA donated more than 3,500 pounds of consumer value added product for the event, as well as hundreds of pounds of candy.

Gainesville
Georgia

The Pilgrim’s team supported the Hometown Heroes event in Gainesville, GA, on Sept. 11. The event was a tribute to honor hometown police officers and firefighters for their significant contributions to the community. Pilgrim's donated 80 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts, as well as reusable water bottles. Team members also donated their time to contribute to the event by handing out water bottles and food, including chicken quesadillas, refried beans and rice.

Cactus
Texas

The JBS Cactus team hosted a Back to School Block Party where they gave away 500 hamburgers. The JBS team members were also fortunate enough to work with many other organizations and churches in the community to fill nearly 500 backpacks full of school supplies and provide those filled backpacks to children in the community. Every child that attended the event went home with a bag of school supplies for the grade they will attend this upcoming school year.

Omaha
Nebraska

The Omaha Open Door Mission was in urgent need of water due to the recent heat in the area. The JBS Omaha Accounting Team wanted to help out so they did an impromptu donation drive within the department and collected enough money to buy 588 bottles of water and they delivered it to the Mission the same day.

Marshalltown Iowa

The JBS USA Marshalltown team was recognized by the American Legion Frank Lewis Glick Post 46 recently. Commander Randy Kessler, accompanied by veterans, presented the JBS USA Marshalltown team with a plaque in appreciation of JBS USA’s continued support and advocacy. Further, JBS was instrumental in raising the necessary funds to make renovations to the American Legion Memorial Golf Course on its 60th Anniversary. It was a token of the veterans’ appreciation for the partnership with JBS USA. The Marshalltown team is proud to be recognized by our veterans and will continue to be strong advocates of our special servicemen and women!