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Building a Better Future Together

one community at a time

About Hometown Strong

$50 Million Initiative Brings Strength, Stability To Communities Where We Live & Work

Our company values are the lens through which we view our role in the communities where we live and work. Throughout the global pandemic, our team members and our communities have looked to us for reassurance that we can – and will – get through this crisis. Toward that end, JBS USA and Pilgrim’s will provide meaningful investments in projects that have a lasting impact in our communities for generations to come.

Check back regularly as more projects are announced.

In the news

Poultry Times - Pilgrim’s has announced plans to invest $160,000 in Elberton, Ga., to support the community’s future and help respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The company has selected two Hometown Strong funding recipients — the Blackwell Community Center and Elbert Memorial Hospital.

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Hometown Projects

Hometown Strong priority areas include:

Strengthen community infrastructure

COVID-19 emergency response and relief

Alleviate food insecurities


What People Are Saying

The Sevier County Medical Center board is beyond elated that Pilgrim’s has donated $225,000 to build a walking trail on the Sevier County Medical Center campus. Pilgrim’s is not only our largest employer locally but they are also unbelievable corporate partners. Sevier County has hit the accelerator on economic development and Pilgrim’s is helping to shift us into overdrive by making donations like this. 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.”

Dr. Steve Cole, Chair, Sevier County Medical Center Board of Governors, De Queen / Nashville, Arkansas

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

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, Ga.

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

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, N.C.

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, Mo.

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, Wis.

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 and that alone makes a huge economic impact in our area. In addition, Pilgrim’s benefits the many other businesses associated with the chicken industry, including farming, trucking, service industries and others. When all totaled, Pilgrim’s shines a bright light for our future.”

Mayor Frank C. Davis, Live Oak, Fla.

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

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

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."

Rep. Darin LaHood, Illinois, 18th Congressional District

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

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 (Ga.).

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, Ga.

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, Ga.

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, Ill.

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. That caring begins with their employees, as witnessed by the substantial investment made by JBS in terms of bonuses and wages paid to Greeley beef team members, as well as the physical improvements made to the facility to safeguard team members during the COVID-19 pandemic. I'm incredibly thankful for JBS' belief in the communities and people of Weld County.

Scott James, Weld County (Colo.) Commissioner, District 2

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, Ky.

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

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. Rep. Don Bacon, Nebraska

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.

Sen. Jeff Howe, Minnesota

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, Ga.

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, Ariz.

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.

Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas

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, Miss.

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 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 Sen. Bill Weber, 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 Area Chamber of Commerce

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented economic challenges to our state, as farmers face decreased demand and restaurants and other local businesses have scaled back operations. 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 our great partners – like Pilgrim's – in the private sector, I am confident that we can continue to support the hard working Georgians in our state and secure a safer, healthier, and more prosperous future on the road ahead.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp

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 Gov. Kay Ivey

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

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

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, Wis.

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, Neb.

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

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 Gov. Pete Ricketts

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 Gov. Kim Reynolds

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

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.

Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
Chairman, U.S. House Agriculture Committee

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

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.

Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle

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.

Greeley Mayor John Gates

“We recognize our responsibility as a food company to continue providing food during this crisis, and now we are excited to reaffirm our long-standing and deeply rooted commitment to the rural towns and cities we call home across America.”

-- Andre Nogueira, JBS USA CEO