JBS Global Food Innovation Center

In March 2017, JBS USA entered into a strategic, long-term partnership with Colorado State University (CSU) that included a $12.5 million investment toward construction of the JBS Global Food and Innovation Center in Honor of Gary & Kay Smith, and educational programming for JBS USA and Pilgrim’s team members. On April 9, 2019, the $20 million state-of-the-art facility opened on the CSU campus.

For JBS USA, the partnership with CSU serves as a long-term investment in the competitiveness of food and farming in the state of Colorado, across the United States and around the world. The JBS Global Food Innovation Center enables CSU to expand as a source of innovation and discovery in the food industry and prepare future leaders to take on the challenges of tomorrow. The 36,000-square-foot center will be a hub for cutting-edge global innovations in new product development, culinary research, food science, food safety, and animal welfare.

Pilgrim's Tomorrow Fund

In 2019, Pilgrim’s launched the Tomorrow Fund, a scholarship program to support the collegiate scholastic pursuits of our team members and their direct dependents. In line with the Pilgrim’s Vision, we established the Tomorrow Fund to help our team members achieve their dreams and create a better future for themselves and their families through education. Every year, an eligible student from each of our 30 processing facilities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, plus our corporate office, will be awarded a full-ride scholarship to an eligible university of their choice.

The Tomorrow Fund will support team members and direct dependents pursuing an initial bachelor’s degree, an accredited vocational-technical certification, or an associate degree. Award recipients will participate in a Pilgrim’s mentorship program and will be extended internship offers for the summer at Pilgrim’s locations across the country.

The Tomorrow Fund provides Pilgrim’s an opportunity to invest in the future, support our local communities and improve the lives of our team members and their families through empowerment, education and personal growth. We are excited to award our inaugural class of Tomorrow Fund leaders with a full-ride scholarship for the Fall 2020 term.

JBS Canada Centre

In 2017, JBS Food Canada partnered with the City of Brooks to renovate the local community center into the JBS Canada Centre.

The JBS Canada Centre provides members of the Brooks community with a wide range of recreational and educational activities. Through the support of a $1 million commitment from JBS Food Canada, the project included the addition of a multipurpose field house, soccer center and childcare center and the expansion of both the fitness center and curling facilities.

Perhaps the most significant impact on the community, however, came from doubling the size of the library. Due to the Brooks population’s high percentage of multicultural and new Canadians trying to learn more about their surroundings, the large state-of-the-art library serves as a great resource for them to both become more familiar with their new home and join the community.

The JBS Canada Centre demonstrates our long-term commitment to Brooks and is yet another example of how JBS USA works hard every day to create a sustainable business that benefits our team members and the communities in which we live and work.

JBS Canada Centre

Wanek Center

In 2019, the Pilgrim’s production facility in Arcadia, WI, donated $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. The Pilgrim’s donation will fund the primary community room and studio on the first floor of the facility.

The 71,500-square-foot Wanek Center will be used for wellness and recreational activities and will include a community gym, arena, indoor run/walk track, fitness center, exercise studio, community meeting room, adult and youth activity spaces and the Arcadia Public Library.

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 terminal illnesses make the most of the time they have together. Marie Curie’s staff delivers expert care, emotional support, research and guidance. In addition to offering information and support services both online and by phone, Marie Curie nurses and trained volunteers provide hands-on care and practical support day and night in patients’ homes and at nine hospices across the U.K.

The Pilgrim’s Moy Park team has enthusiastically embraced this partnership with Marie Curie by getting involved in the activities and embracing the challenges. Each facility has been assigned a designated Charity Champion to coordinate fundraising events and activities. Since launching the partnership, the Pilgrim’s Moy Park team has held the Marie Curie Twilight Walk, Christmas Raffle, Family Fun Day and coffee mornings. In the months ahead, team members across the business plan to partake in many more events and work toward making a real difference in people’s lives.

Pilgrim’s Mexico

In line with Pilgrim’s Mexico’s values and dedication to supporting Mexican families, the company sponsored and invited all team members to participate in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Teletón Campaign. The Teletón Campaign is an annual, 24-plus-hour television and radio broadcast dedicated to raising money for children with disabilities, autism or cancer, and for the families that support them. The Teletón Foundation, which puts on the event each year, is the world’s largest private medical unit and rehabilitation center for children. The Pilgrim’s Mexico team and our employees have donated approximately $114,000 each year it has participated in the event. The donations went on to benefit more than 26,000 children annually. Pilgrim’s Mexico also donates chicken to this program every week, which supports meals for hospitalized children.

Cactus, TX, American Dream Program

Helping our team members create a better life is the main goal of the American Dream Program at our beef facility in Cactus, TX. Each week, the facility invites representatives from the Loan Depot mortgage company to assist team members who are interested in homeownership but may not fully understand the home buying process. In 2019, more than 37 Cactus team members were able to purchase their own homes with help from the American Dream Program.

Product Donation

JBS USA Pork and its producer partners teamed up to provide over 50,000 pounds of pork and donate $10,000 as part of the annual Hams Across America program. The 200,000 servings of pork were distributed by Food Bank of the Rockies, the largest hunger relief organization in Colorado, providing food and supplies to more than 700 hunger-relief programs. The organization also used the donated funds to purchase additional pork products for their clients. In total, JBS USA Pork donated over one million meals and hundreds of volunteer hours in 2019 to help those in need.

United Way Partnership

JBS is a long term, Cornerstone Partner of United Way. With our corporate headquarters in Greeley, CO, we champion an annual campaign to support the local community through United Way of Weld County (UWWC) efforts. In 2019, the company raised $406,555, more than twice the original campaign goal. To ensure 100% of team member donations directly benefited the programs, JBS USA covered all administrative and fundraising costs for the resources under UWWC’s management.

The 2019 campaign’s primary focus was to offer local children access to the Colorado Reading Corps, which is a national program implemented to help students build literacy skills and increase reading proficiency. Of the funds raised by the company, $100,000 was donated to fund the Colorado Reading Corps. As a result of JBS USA’s donations, there are 10 fulltime, AmeriCorps trained tutors that offer year-long, daily one-on-one sessions to Weld County students in kindergarten through third grade. The remaining $276,274 raised assisted additional UWWC programs in Youth Success, Household Stability, Older Adults and Healthy Aging and Access to Services, including 2-1-1 Colorado, a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state.

Foodbank and CEO CookOff

In Australia, Primo Foods supports Foodbank, an initiative aimed at serving people living with food insecurity, by donating products valued at approximately AUD$390,000. The company also collaborated in the CEO CookOff, another project geared toward vulnerable communities, to provide food to six million people through donations of cash and products. At an event to commemorate the project, the CEO of Primo Foods cooked for 1,400 guests from Sydney’s most impoverished communities. The CEO of Primo Foods was joined by 300 business leaders and 50 of the best chefs in Australia. Throughout the year, JBS’s Australian operations donated 122 tonnes of food and more than AUD$807,000 through various product donations, monetary donations and sponsorships.