The investment by JBS and Plumrose in the Ottumwa community is outstanding. They have been great corporate partners even before the pandemic arrived. I have been impressed with the mitigation efforts against Covid-19 for the safety of their employees and families. This Hometown Strong investment demonstrates their commitment to their families and the community, making Ottumwa a great place to live, work and recreate.
Mayor Tom Lazio, Ottumwa, Iowa
We are thrilled Plumrose USA has decided to invest in this important community project. We are optimistic the revitalization of the Tolson Center and Park will significantly improve the quality of life for the entire Elkhart community. The addition of a soccer complex to the park, including an artificial turf field with lighting for evening play, will be the centerpiece of the park renovations. Our thanks to Plumrose USA for making the lead gift to this key feature.
Peter L. McCown, President, Community Foundation of Elkhart County
Pilgrim’s is a critical partner in Athens and throughout the region. Their impact on the employment base is immeasurable. These gifts provide support for valuable programs in this most critical time of need. We are grateful for the dedication of the workforce, management and corporate team at Pilgrim’s.
David Bradley, President & CEO, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Our community is fortunate to have Pilgrim’s visionary leadership team launching the Hometown Strong initiative to promote community involvement. Members of our local Pilgrim’s leadership team are advocates for our community. We are grateful to Pilgrim’s for their new Hometown Strong initiative, and on behalf of the citizens of our community, thank you!
Mayor Tony L. Paulk, Douglas, Georgia
Elbert Memorial Hospital is truly honored to receive this amazing donation from Pilgrim’s. We are blessed to have such a great organization like Pilgrim’s that is willing to invest in the healthcare needs of our community.
CEO Kerry Trapnell, Elbert Memorial Hospital
We are extremely blessed to have Pilgrim’s call De Queen home. Their contribution to build a splash pad in Herman Dierks Park goes above and beyond their ongoing support of our community. We are thankful for this donation as it will ensure that families have the opportunity to spend quality time together for decades to come.
Mayor Jeff Brown, De Queen, Arkansas
At Pilgrim’s, we’re committed to supporting our farmer partners and rural communities during these challenging times. The Hometown Strong program is our way of giving back to the communities we call home across America. By working together, we can nurture a safe, healthy and better future.
Farha Aslam, Managing Partner, Crescent House Capital, LLC and Pilgrim’s Board Member
The global coronavirus pandemic has impacted all of us, including the men and women in America’s food and agricultural heartlands. The Advisory Board could not be more proud of the $50 million JBS USA Hometown Strong initiative and the important support it will provide to the people in rural American cities and towns across our great country.
John Boehner, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and JBS USA Advisory Board Member
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has taken a toll on Alabamians, but because of strong partners like Pilgrim’s, we are bringing much-needed relief to communities around our state. Pilgrim’s Hometown Strong Initiative is not only helping local communities respond to the ongoing pandemic, but it is also positioning us for a strong comeback and future. I am grateful for Alabama’s collaboration on this initiative and for the strong partner we have in Pilgrim’s. We will overcome this together.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey
The Sevier County Medical Center board is elated that Pilgrim’s has donated $225,000 to build a walking trail on the Sevier County Medical Center campus. The added beauty of this one mile, fully-lighted walking trail is that it is not just for hospital patients, families and employees; it is also being built for the entire community to use. Pilgrim’s is not only our largest employer but they are also unbelievable corporate partners.
Dr. Steve Cole, Chair, Sevier County Medical Center Board of Governors, De Queen / Nashville, Arkansas
Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your concern for our community and admiration for placing the health and safety of your essential workers as paramount priority. It is only through collaboration that we will endure during these trying times. Tolleson is proud to call JBS its partner.
Mayor Anna Tovar, Tolleson, Arizona
A hallmark of capitalism, at its best, is when businesses reinvest in the communities in which they do business. I appreciate the investment JBS is making in Greeley to not only benefit their employees but the community as a whole. I would also like to specifically thank the employees at JBS who have served to provide food for our nation.
Mayor John Gates, Greeley, Colorado
Weld County could not ask for a better community partner than JBS. From their continuous support of the Weld Food Bank’s efforts to feed those combatting food insecurity to their generous donations to the United Way of Weld County, their heart for the people of Weld County is obvious. I’m incredibly thankful for JBS’ belief in the communities and people of Weld County.
Scott James, Weld County (Colorado) Commissioner, District 2
As always, we’re proud that JBS USA is part of the Weld County community, and their contributions during this challenging time are a further testament to the kind of partner they are. This generous donation will help us provide masks to our neighbors, provide basic needs assistance for local families and the elderly, and take other important steps in fighting coronavirus in our community.
Jeanine Truswell, CEO and President, United Way of Weld County (Colorado)
Throughout the pandemic, Colorado’s agricultural industry has been focused on delivering safe, high-quality food while protecting the safety and well-being of their workers and families. We applaud the ranchers in all counties of Colorado — from the feeders of eastern Colorado to harvest partners like JBS — who remain the heartbeat of our rural communities.
Terry Fankhauser, Executive Vice President, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
Because of donors like JBS USA, the Weld Food Bank is able to provide healthy meals to those who need them most. JBS USA is helping to ensure that people in our community are receiving proper nutrition, and we are extremely grateful for the company’s ongoing support.
Bob O’Connor, CEO, Weld Food Bank (Colorado)
Live Oak and Suwannee County are fortunate to have Pilgrim’s here. I recently attended a tour of the Pilgrim’s Live Oak facility and was impressed with the organization and the people. During times like these, it is comforting to know we have a plant right here in our community doing so much to keep the food supply chain going. Pilgrim’s is the largest employer in Suwannee County, which has a huge economic impact in our area. Pilgrim’s shines a bright light for our future.
Mayor Frank C. Davis, Live Oak, Florida
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented economic challenges to our state. As we continue our fight to protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians, I am grateful for Pilgrim's support to provide these critical relief funds to communities across the Peach State. Working with great partners like Pilgrim's, I am confident that we can secure a safer, healthier, and more prosperous future.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
The City of Gainesville is very fortunate to have Pilgrim's as a corporate citizen providing jobs and economic opportunities for our City. We are so thankful for the investments that Pilgrim's will be making in our community through the Hometown Strong initiative.
Mayor Danny Dunagan, Gainesville, Georgia
It is always exciting to see our local industries giving so much to our community by providing a safe, motivating, rewarding environment for our citizens to be employed. Thank you for the provisions that Pilgrim’s has implemented to protect our citizens from the coronavirus while continuing to work.
Mayor Betty Cason, Carrollton, Georgia
As the Mayor of the City of Douglas, I had the opportunity to meet with the leadership team of Pilgrim’s of Douglas-Coffee. The facility was awesome! The tour was fantastic! Pilgrim’s aggressively changed their facility to protect their employees from the coronavirus. To the employees and leadership team of Pilgrim’s, I was very impressed with the atmosphere and energy I felt today. As the Mayor of the City of Douglas, I am grateful and proud to have Pilgrim’s in our community.
Mayor Tony Paulk, Douglas, Georgia
As the largest employer in Gilmer County, Pilgrim’s is a proven supporter of our community. This latest endeavor, the Hometown Strong initiative, is just one more example of their efforts to be good corporate citizens.
Mayor Al Hoyle, Ellijay, Georgia
Cherokee County values our partnership with Pilgrim’s. Their contributions to Cherokee County and our citizens remain strong even during unique and challenging times. Their generosity is proof of their commitment to our community.
Bryan Reynolds, Community Services Agency Director, Cherokee County (Georgia)
Iowa is central to the world’s food supply and JBS USA plays a critical role in food production. I greatly appreciate JBS USA’s investment and look forward to building on our partnership as we continue to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds
As Marshalltown’s largest employer, JBS USA has once again stepped up to make Marshalltown stronger. Not only has JBS USA invested significant resources in protecting the workplace for its hard-working staff, it is also now contributing to make Marshalltown, more than ever, the place to work, live, learn and play.
Mayor Joel Greer, Marshalltown, Iowa
Thanks to JBS for investing $2.5 million in the Beardstown community as part of their Hometown Strong Initiative. This funding will help respond to needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen Beardstown's future.
Representative Darin LaHood, Illinois, 18th Congressional District
As Mayor of the city of Beardstown, I am so excited about the investment JBS has extended to our community's future during this pandemic. The City Council and myself look forward to working together with JBS.
Mayor Leslie Harris, Beardstown, Illinois
We appreciate JBS USA for being not only a responsible and caring employer, but also for being a good corporate citizen in Louisville. Whether it’s being our partner in economic development projects, working to be a good neighbor in our historic Butchertown neighborhood, or helping feed people in need, JBS strives to make our community better. The Hometown Strong program is yet another example of the company’s concern and compassion.
Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville, Kentucky
We have always been so fortunate to have JBS in the Butchertown neighborhood. They are a vital company to feeding our nation and one of the area’s largest employers. This donation comes at a time when we need it most and sets the example for how great businesses operate.
Andy Blieden, President, Butchertown Business Alliance (Kentucky)
I am greatly appreciative of the contribution that Pilgrim's is making in Cold Spring. Their generous investment will provide critical support to our city and community as our state continues to deal with COVID-19 and its damaging economic impact. Their contribution shows their value in our community and the workers at their facility and I am proud to have them as a business in our district.
Senator Jeff Howe, Minnesota
The COVID-19 crisis has dramatically affected our rural communities, and especially some plant communities, in the most extreme ways. I’m pleased to see JBS USA and Pilgrim’s recognize the partnership they have with the towns in which they operate and invest in those local communities.
Representative Collin Peterson, Chairman, U.S. House Agriculture Committee
The investment that JBS is making in Worthington will be of great benefit not only to the employees but to the entire community and I thank them for their generosity. Great things can indeed be accomplished with all of us working together.
State Senator Bill Weber, Minnesota
On behalf of the city of Worthington, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to JBS for this large investment in our community. We’re very excited and grateful for this generous gift. JBS has always been a great corporate citizen, ad this is another example of them being a good neighbor.
Mayor Mike Kuhle, Worthington, Minnesota
The $2.6M is an important commitment — one that will drive positive change. We are grateful that JBS continues to be a leader among the Worthington business community.
Brad Meester, Board Chairman, Worthington (Minnesota) Area Chamber of Commerce
We are excited about not only the positive economic impact Plumrose will have on our community, but also happy to see their commitment to directly enhancing the quality of life for all in in Moberly.
Mayor Jerry Jeffrey, Moberly, Missouri
I would like to thank Plumrose USA for their support and investment in our community. As we continue to build a better Booneville, we need people willing to invest and support efforts that will continue to push us progressively forward. It is contributions such as these that will allow for renovation and revitalization in needed areas of our city.
Mayor Chris Lindley, Booneville, Mississippi
I recently toured the Lenoir JBS facility and have been so impressed with the care and attention to safety and community by the entire organization during these challenging times. We especially thank JBS for this new Hometown Strong investment.
Mayor Joe Gibbons, Lenoir, North Carolina
JBS went above and beyond to make sure grocery stores stayed stocked and employees had jobs during the heart of the COVID pandemic. The investment to Grand Island and Omaha through their Hometown Strong program proves their commitment to the communities of Nebraska. I thank JBS for their continued attention to the safety of their employees and their generosity to the local communities they serve. I’m grateful Nebraska has such a strong partner.
U.S. Representative Don Bacon, Nebraska
Nebraska’s farmers, ranchers and food processors have helped keep grocery shelves stocked across America during the pandemic. Thank you to JBS USA for the generous investment in Grand Island and Omaha and ongoing commitment to partner with the Cornhusker State to grow our future together.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
During the coronavirus pandemic, JBS USA has been a community partner and generously donated beef to local food banks and also provided leadership and innovation on worker safety and plant management. The Hometown Strong initiative continues JBS USA’s commitment to our community and our future, and we look forward to a wonderful community partnership.
Mayor Roger Steele, Grand Island, Nebraska
Thanks to the JBS USA and Pilgrim’s Hometown Strong initiative, Texas will have even more support and greater access to crucial resources as we respond to COVID-19. This $6.5 million investment will help strengthen community infrastructure, provide additional COVID-19 response and relief resources, and help alleviate food insecurity. I am grateful to JBS USA and Pilgrim’s for their commitment to supporting their hard working employees, as well as their communities.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Pilgrim’s Hometown Strong initiative exemplifies what community engagement truly means by showing care and understanding of what this city needs while trying to offset the lasting effects of the global pandemic. I am honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with Pilgrim’s to improve the city of Mount Pleasant.
Mayor Tracy Craig, Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Moore County sends its heartfelt appreciation to JBS USA's leadership and employees for reinvesting in our communities through its Hometown Strong initiative. While many industries shied away from added financial investments during the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, JBS, through its collaboration with our counties and cities, has cultivated additional partnerships and friendships during unprecedented circumstances. For this, our county and our communities are most grateful.
Moore County (Texas) Judge Rowdy Rhoades
I can’t thank Pilgrim's enough for their commitment to the youth in our community. It is so comforting to know we have corporate neighbors who care and show it by investing in our youth.
Ben Perry, McLennan County Commissioner, Waco, Texas
Since 1980, the China Spring Youth Athletic Association has been helping the youth of the Greater Waco Area have an outlet to play sports. Never in the history of our organization has any business shown such generosity. There is no way to quantify the tremendous impact this donation will have on our community. Pilgrim’s will forever hold a special place in the hearts of the people of China Spring and the Greater Waco Area.
Tommy Sutton, President, China Spring Youth Athletic Association, Waco, Texas
JBS is a great business to have in Hyrum. They provide employment that brings well-paying jobs, helping their employees to take care of their families. Through the years they have been supportive with services and commodities for city events. I am appreciative of the working partnership we have with them. We are fortunate to have JBS as part of our community!
Mayor Stephanie Miller, Hyrum, Utah
We’re excited to work in collaboration with JBS on this significant investment, which has the potential to catalyze a dramatic improvement and transformation within Green Bay.
Mayor Eric Genrich, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Businesses like Pilgrim’s help make our community strong and serve as an economic engine in this region. The City of Arcadia recognizes the value Pilgrim’s brings each day as an employer, business supporter and charitable giver all while being one of the larger employers in the area, providing steady employment that allows our community members to grow and prosper.
Mayor Robert Reichwein, Arcadia, Wisconsin