Community Involvement and Charitable Giving

At JBS USA, we recognize the important role we play in the communities where our team members live and work. We believe we cannot truly be the best in all that we do without contributing to the health and prosperity of the communities in which we operate. We have a long history of partnering with a wide variety of non-profit organizations in local communities, and each of our facilities encourages its team members to take every opportunity to be active stewards of their community. To make sure our volunteering, sponsorships and donations have the most meaningful impact, we target our efforts to support local initiatives throughout our communities, many of which benefit schools, hospitals and youth organizations.

Our Commitment

At JBS USA, we understand the responsibility that comes with being a major employer in rural landscapes, and we work hard to contribute to the well-being of these communities by providing gainful employment opportunities to thousands of local residents and participating in volunteerism, donation and sponsorship opportunities.

Our Approach

Our location-based approach to community involvement and charitable giving allows us to impact where our team members live and work in ways that best benefit the community. Our goal is for our communities to consider JBS USA a good neighbor and a willing community partner. We want our team members to be involved and active in their local communities, volunteer at events and support impactful initiatives. These opportunities not only provide our team members with a great deal of satisfaction, but also give them the chance to talk to, work with and engage directly with members of our communities—answering questions about what we do each day as a business.

We do not set companywide giving or volunteering targets; instead, each JBS USA facility has an annual budget dedicated to supporting local initiatives and communities. While some facilities focus on working to better the lives of local youth, others choose to assist in the fight to alleviate hunger in their communities.

“The communities in which we operate are comprised of the most sophisticated, ethical and hardworking people who share our passion to feed the world, and we are proud to contribute to their local economies.”

Chris Gaddis
Head of Human Resources, JBS USA

Each JBS USA facility is encouraged to follow some basic guidelines for partnering with the community and determining the best use of the funds. While JBS USA does not have set qualifications for our charitable support, we prioritize organizations that:

  • Support the disadvantaged and those in need
  • Improve the development and well-being of youth
  • Promote agriculture
  • Support our team members
  • Promote acceptance and diversity
  • Support our local communities

Keeping these criteria in mind, each facility’s Human Resources Director and General Manager support organizations and community functions that they believe will have the greatest impact on their community. We strive to provide a balance between providing financial support and in-person volunteer hours that match community requests.

We evaluate our giving to ensure that we are having real impact by reviewing event execution and assessing how well the organization used JBS USA support. We use this feedback to decide if support or participation is appropriate in subsequent years.

Giving Back To Our Communities

In 2018, our facilities continued to serve their local communities through numerous sponsorships, volunteer efforts, fundraisers and donations. Across the U.S. and Canada, JBS USA supported the United Way, American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Boys and Girls Club and local learning institutions such as public schools, colleges and universities.

The following are just a few snapshots of the many ways our facilities provided support to their communities throughout the year.

Bringing the American Dream to Team Members

Cactus, TX, Beef Production Facility

Helping team members to have a better life is the main goal of the American Dream Program at the JBS USA beef facility in Cactus, TX. Since the program’s inception in 2017, 19 team members have been able to buy their own homes with assistance from the Loan Depot mortgage company. Each week, representatives from…

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Marshalltown Strong

Marshalltown, IA, Pork Production Facility

On July 19, 2018, an EF3 tornado devastated major parts of Marshalltown, IA, a town of 27,000 residents and home to one of JBS USA Pork’s most important production facilities. Marshalltown suffered a direct hit. Seventeen people were injured, more than 700 homes were damaged or completely destroyed, and countless businesses were shut down –…

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Supporting Agricultural Education

Yanco, NSW, Riverina Feedlot

JBS Australia Riverina is known for being one of two integrated feedlot, processing and farming facilities within the JBS Australia portfolio, as well as its ability to source high-quality cattle and grain from throughout southern Australia. Due to these two factors, JBS Australia Riverina serves as a great place for local students to visit and…

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Northwestern State University

Natchitoches, LA, Chicken Production Facility

In November 2018, Pilgrim’s Natchitoches donated $10,000 to Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology in thanks for the exceptional work and assistance NSU students and faculty put into an ergonomic project at the local facility. Pilgrim’s received great feedback because of the help of NSU faculty, staff and students. “It’s a wonderful partnership and…

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Marie Curie

Pilgrim’s Moy Park

In 2018, Pilgrim’s Moy Park launched a new charity partnership with Marie Curie, an organization dedicated to helping people and their families living with a terminal illness make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert care, emotional support, research and guidance. In addition offering information and support services both online and…

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ACS Colors of Cancer

Chattanooga, TN, Chicken Production Facility

In October 2018, the Pilgrim’s Chattanooga team signed up as a $3,000 sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Colors of Cancer run. The event will take place on June 15, 2019 in downtown Chattanooga, where walkers, runners and volunteers will come together for a 10k race and 1-mile fun run to honor cancer survivors,…

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Map of Australia with a location pin indicating the Mungindi feedlot

Community Support

Mungindi, QLD, Feedlot

From sponsorship of each of the local schools, local Mungindi Show, Mungindi Junior Grasshoppers Netball and Rugby League and Mungindi Golf Club, the JBS Australia Mungindi feedlot plays an active role in the local community. Additionally, management team members at the feedlot sit on many of the local community organization boards, such as the Mungindi…

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Apartment Crew

Cactus, TX, Beef Production Facility

After JBS Cactus Beef Plant lost a good portion of its work force in 2007, there was a huge need to recruit people to keep the Cactus facility running. The recruiting teams traveled all over the United States, hiring team members to keep the facility staffed, but as soon as the new team members arrived,…

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Back to School Block Party

Cactus, TX, Beef Production Facility

In August 2018, the Cactus team hosted a Back to School Block Party at the Moore County Court House in Dumas, TX. During the event, Cactus team members were fortunate enough to work with many other organizations and churches in the community to fill nearly 500 backpacks full of school supplies for children in the…

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Map of the United States of America with a location pin indicating Mount Pleasant, Texas

CASA Princess Ball

Mt. Pleasant, TX, Chicken Production Facility

The Pilgrim’s complex in Mt. Pleasant, TX, is a proud supporter of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). In 2018, the team participated in the CASA Princess Ball, a fundraiser held each year to raise money for the organization. Along with a monetary donation to assist with the cost of renting the building for the event,…

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Citywide Annual Cleanup Campaign

Grand Island, NE, Beef Production Facility

As the Nebraska State Fair began to approach in August 2018, our Grand Island beef facility once again participated in the community’s annual citywide cleanup campaign. More than 45 team members, including new hires, office staff and summer interns, volunteered to pick up trash and help keep their community clean.

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First Responder BBQ

Lufkin, TX, Chicken Production Facility

Pilgrim’s Lufkin facility hosted its 1st Annual Thank a Hero, First Responder BBQ on Dec 6, 2018. Along with drinks donated by Pepsi of Lufkin, team members served hot dogs and hamburgers to the Central Fire Department, Hudson Fire Department, Huntington Fire Department, Lufkin Police Department, Angelina County Sherriff’s Department, Department of Public Safety and…

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