We are invested in strengthening the communities where we live and work; fostering a culture that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion; and ensuring the health and safety of our employees.
We have a great responsibility to support the communities we call home. Through targeted philanthropy and volunteerism, we aspire to make a meaningful impact that addresses food insecurity, advances education and supports the vitality of our local communities. View our helping communities video.
As a global food company, providing essential protein to the growing world population is key to our future. To fulfill our promise to produce “Good food. Responsibly.®,” we work to address nutritional insecurity by supporting nonprofit organizations and communities in need with financial and in-kind donations. Our giving focuses on three areas: food insecurity, education and community vitality.
We donate tens of millions of protein servings to help fight food insecurity each year
Combating Food Insecurity
Our Helping Hungry Homes® program provides hunger and disaster relief and fights food insecurity. Since 2008, we have donated hundreds of millions of servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts and community outreach programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as in Poland, Romania and Mexico.
During the pandemic, we increased donations to exceed our 2025 donation target of an additional 100 million servings four years early. In 2022, we donated close to 25 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts and community outreach programs across the U.S. through this program. To reflect our continued commitment to fighting food insecurity, we increased our pledge to 200 million servings by 2025.
Advancing Educational Opportunity
Smithfield invests in educational programs that support agriculture, science, technology, mathematics, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Each year since 2002, the Smithfield Scholarship Program has awarded educational scholarships to eligible dependents of our employees. Smithfield provides up to $7,500 per student per year through a non-competitive, need-based application process, in partnership with 20 U.S. colleges and universities, including several historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). To date, we have awarded over 1,400 annual scholarships worth nearly $8.1 million. In 2022, we expanded the program to include several new colleges and funded 118 scholarships worth more than $546,000.
The National Conservation Foundation Envirothon is North America’s largest environmental education program and international competition in which high school teams compete to demonstrate their environmental knowledge and problem-solving skills. Smithfield donated $30,000 in 2022 to provide scholarships to competition winners. In addition, Smithfield employees across the U.S. served as volunteer advisers to lead local training sessions, facilitate program curricula and coordinate activities to help further students’ environmental knowledge and problem-solving skills throughout the year.
As a global food company with operations in seven countries, we recognize that the communities where we live and work have unique cultures and needs. We take action to strengthen and support our local communities around the world in meaningful ways.
Helping Our Heroes is a Smithfield veteran engagement program that honors the service and sacrifice of American veterans and their families. The program helps prioritize veteran employment and career development and strengthens veterans’ community and family support systems. In pursuit of our goal to hire 4,000 veterans by 2025, we conducted our first national military and veterans hiring event to celebrate Military Appreciation Month in May. Smithfield recruiters visited military bases and partnered with local agencies in five U.S. states, all in one day, to show our deep support for our military community including active duty and transitioning military, veterans, and spouses.
For the fifth consecutive year, Smithfield Foods’ Gwaltney® brand has partnered with the Roc Solid Foundation to bring the power of play to families facing pediatric cancer. Gwaltney contributed $50,000 and served as a sponsor of the inaugural “Play Defeats Cancer Tour,” which built 30 playsets for families in 30 days across the country. Gwaltney also constructed a playset for a family near Miami, Florida, provided playsets to six families throughout the Southeast, and participated in Roc Solid’s Ready Bag program by hosting a packing party to fill bags with comfort items and essentials for families with children requiring hospitalization.
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