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Hometown Strong

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October 14, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $765,000 in Live Oak to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to invest $765,000 in Live Oak, Fla., to support the community’s future and help respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. “We are very excited to partner with our community to make a positive impact that will benefit our team members and our neighbors,” said Jeff Garner, Pilgrim’s Live Oak Complex Manager. “Though 2020 has been a challenging year, we want to invest in our hometown so that we can all have a brighter future.”

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October 12, 2020

JBS USA and Plumrose USA to Invest $3.1 Million in Ottumwa to Support Local Community as Part of the Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA and Plumrose USA today announced plans to invest $3.1 million to help Ottumwa, Iowa, respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. “The Hometown Strong initiative is helping us provide tangible benefits to our community as we continue to navigate the global pandemic,” said Joe Mach, JBS Ottumwa General Manager. “We remain focused on keeping our team members safe and healthy, but we are grateful to also have the opportunity to support our neighbors.”

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October 6, 2020

Plumrose USA to Invest $300,000 in Moberly to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Plumrose USA today announced plans to invest $300,000 to help Moberly, Mo., respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. “Although we are new to the Moberly area, we want to show our support for the community and demonstrate our focus on being a good neighbor through our Hometown Strong initiative,” said Tom Lopez, president, Plumrose USA. “We look forward to building a great team here and hope that this investment will provide benefits for years to come.”

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October 1, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $260,000 in Waco to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to invest $260,000 in Waco, Texas, to support the community’s future and help respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Pilgrim’s worked with local leaders to identify where the funds can best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs. “We are humbled to have the opportunity to support youth and families in our hometown,” said Kyle Martin, Pilgrim’s Waco Operations Manager. “Through the Hometown Strong initiative and in collaboration with CSYAA, we believe this investment will help build a stronger future and make a difference for our community.”

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September 29, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $200,000 in Lenoir to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA today announced plans to invest $200,000 to help Lenoir, N.C., respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. “The Hometown Strong initiative is allowing us to support our community in what has been a challenging year,” said Jonathan Tucker, JBS Lenoir General Manager. “In addition to our role in providing food for our country, we pride ourselves in being a good neighbor and making it a priority to work with local leaders on how to best invest our time, talent and treasure in the community.”

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September 29, 2020

Plumrose to Invest $10,000 in Franklin County as Part of the Hometown Strong Initiative

Through its Hometown Strong initiative, Plumrose USA today announced plans to donate $10,000 to support Franklin County, Vt. Plumrose USA worked with local leaders to identify where the funds can best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs. The $10,000 is being donated to the Healthy Roots Collaborative to assist in providing healthy, wholesome food to food pantries and food banks throughout Northwest Vermont. HRC is a regional food systems program supporting the growers, producers and consumers in the counties of Franklin and Grand Isle.

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September 23, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $1.3 Million in Tolleson to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA today announced plans to invest $1.3 million to help Tolleson, Ariz., respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. “Through the Hometown Strong initiative, we are partnering with our community to make positive contributions for our neighbors,” said Jerry Brown, JBS Tolleson Plant General Manager. “We are proud of our role in providing food for our hometown and our country, but we are also grateful to be able to support other needs in Tolleson.”

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September 23, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $535,000 in Ellijay to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to invest $535,000 in Ellijay, Ga., to support the community’s future and help respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. “We are humbled to partner with our hometown to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors,” said Randy Long, Pilgrim’s Ellijay Complex Manager. “Though these past few months have been challenging for everyone, we want to do all we can to help our community move forward and be even stronger in the future.”

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September 22, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $1.5 Million in Mt. Pleasant to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to invest $1.5 million in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, to support the community’s future and help respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. “The Hometown Strong initiative will allow us to make a tangible impact in our community, which is extremely important to us as a large employer in the area,” said Rapheal Boyd, Pilgrim’s Mt. Pleasant Complex Manager. “We believe in collaborating with local leaders and coming together to make a difference.”

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September 15, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $350,000 in Broadway and Timberville to Support Local Communities as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to invest $350,000 in Broadway and Timberville, Va., to support the future of the communities. Pilgrim’s has been working with local leaders to identify where the funds can best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs. “The Hometown Strong initiative is providing us the opportunity to invest in our community and make a significant impact,” said Graham Nesselrodt, Pilgrim’s Broadway Complex Manager. “In addition to our role of providing food for our country, we’re also very focused on being a good neighbor.”

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September 10, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $1.7 Million in Hyrum to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA today announced plans to invest $1.7 million to help Hyrum, Utah, respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. “Producing food for our country every day is something we are extremely proud of, but through the Hometown Strong initiative we’re going to be able to do even more for our community,” said Darren Olsen, JBS Hyrum Plant General Manager. “Our focus during the past few months has been on the health and safety of our team members, and we are humbled to now partner with our hometown to make meaningful contributions and look toward the future.”

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September 9, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $795,000 in Gainesville to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to invest $795,000 in Gainesville, Ga., to support the community’s future and help respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. “Supporting our community is part of who we are and something that is very important to us,” said Stephen Shepard, Gainesville Complex Manager. “At a time when many people, businesses and cities are struggling, we want to identify ways to make lasting and significant impacts in our hometown.”

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September 9, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $325,000 in Carrollton to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to invest $325,000 in Carrollton, Ga., to support the community’s future and help respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. “We are so grateful to leverage the Hometown Strong initiative to move Carrollton forward in a positive way,” said Ricky Walker, Carrollton Complex Manager. “Working together with leaders in our community, we want to benefit our team members and neighbors in a meaningful way.”

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September 9, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $340,000 in Canton to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to invest $340,000 in Canton, Ga., to support the community’s future and help respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. “On behalf of the whole Pilgrim’s Canton team, I’m very proud to be able to partner with our hometown in this important way,” said Brian Wright, Canton Complex Manager. “The Hometown Strong initiative provides us with an opportunity to invest in our community during a critical time while looking toward the future.”

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September 2, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $3.3 Million in Moore County to Support Local Communities as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA today announced plans to invest $3.3 million to help Moore County, Texas, respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the region’s future. “We are very proud of our role in providing food for American families, but we’re also excited to have the opportunity to make this significant investment in our hometown,” said Manny Guerrero, JBS USA Cactus Plant General Manager.

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August 25, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $475,000 in Douglas to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to invest $475,000 in Douglas, Ga., to support the community’s future and help respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The company has already committed to partnering with the City of Douglas to build a new water tower for the community, which will serve residents, the school system and the Pilgrim’s facility. This project not only supports infrastructure for the Douglas community but is also aligned with Pilgrim’s commitment to continuous improvement around water use and water quality.

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August 19, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $2.5 Million in Beardstown to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA today announced plans to invest $2.5 million to help Beardstown, Ill., respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. “We are very proud of our role in providing food for American families, but we’re also excited to have the opportunity to make this significant investment in our hometown,” said JT Hopkins, JBS USA Beardstown Plant General Manager. “The past few months our focus has been on protecting our team members and keeping our community safe, and we want to support projects that will have positive impacts as we all move forward.”

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August 18, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $1.6 Million in Alabama to Support Local Communities as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s, an American-based food company, announced plans today to invest $1.6 million in Alabama to help local communities respond to coronavirus and invest in the future. “It is because of the great work being done in our hometowns that Pilgrim’s is able to provide high-quality to chicken to families across our country,” said Fabio Sandri, interim president and CEO, Pilgrim’s. “Through this initiative, we’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with local leaders and our team members to determine how best to make meaningful and lasting impacts in our communities.”

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August 13, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $3.5 Million in Georgia to Support Local Communities as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s, an American-based food company, announced plans today to invest $3.5 million in Georgia to help local communities respond to coronavirus and invest in the future. “We take great pride in feeding American families every day,” said Fabio Sandri, Pilgrim’s Interim CEO. “We also recognize our responsibility to do more than just produce food within our communities. Hometown Strong is our way of demonstrating our commitment to the places we call home, and we are listening to local leaders to determine where help is needed most.”

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August 12, 2020

JBS USA and Pilgrim’s to Invest $6.5 Million in Texas to Support Local Communities as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA and Pilgrim’s, American-based food companies, announced plans today to invest $6.5 million in Texas to help local communities respond to coronavirus and invest in the future. “It’s very important to us that we make lasting investments to benefit our team members and our neighbors,” said Tim Schellpeper, President of JBS USA Fed Beef, which includes the beef production facility in Cactus. “We are humbled to partner with community leaders to ensure our contributions will make a difference now and in the future.”

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August 12, 2020

Plumrose to Invest $400,000 in Booneville to Support Local Community as Part of Hometown Strong Initiative

Through its Hometown Strong initiative, Plumrose USA today announced plans to donate $400,000 to help Booneville, Miss., respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. “We are proud members of the Booneville community, and we look forward to supporting our hometown in a meaningful way,” said Tony Dalcour, Plumrose Booneville Plant Manager. “The past few months have been challenging, and we believe this investment will positively benefit our team members and our neighbors.”

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August 11, 2020

Pilgrim’s to Invest $575,000 in Cold Spring to Support Local Community as Part of Hometown Strong Initiative

Through its Hometown Strong initiative, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to donate $575,000 to help Cold Spring, Minn., respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. “As a large employer in Cold Spring, we take our responsibility of being a good neighbor very seriously,” said Wesley Smith, Pilgrim’s Cold Spring Complex Manager. “During the past few months, we have been completely focused on protecting our team members and keeping the COVID-19 virus out of our facility. In partnership with members of the community, we look forward to investing in the future of our hometown during such a critical time.”

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August 4, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $5 Million in Greeley to Support Local Community as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA today announced plans to invest $5 million to help Greeley, Colo., respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. JBS USA is partnering with local officials and community leaders in Greeley to determine what is needed most. “We take great pride in feeding millions of American families every day,” said Andre Nogueira, JBS USA CEO. “We play an essential role in our local community and in maintaining the nation’s food supply, but we also embrace the important role we have to be a good neighbor. Colorado has faced a tremendous challenge during this pandemic, and we hope our investment can help ensure that our hometown remains strong.”

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July 29, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $1 Million in Green Bay to Support Local Community as Part of Hometown Strong Initiative

Through its Hometown Strong initiative, JBS USA today announced plans to donate $1 million to help Green Bay, Wis., respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. “Being a good neighbor and providing support to the Green Bay community is an obligation I take very seriously,” said Hicham Timejardine, JBS Green Bay Plant Manager. “Our focus during the past few months has been on keeping our team members safe and healthy, and we remain committed to keeping COVID-19 out of our facility. I am humbled to now have the opportunity to partner with community leaders to determine how best to invest this money, and I believe this initiative will help ensure a positive future for our hometown.”

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July 28, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $1.2 Million in Louisville to Support Local Community as Part of Hometown Strong Initiative

Through its Hometown Strong initiative, JBS USA today announced plans to donate $1.2 million to help Louisville, Ky., respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. “We are proud members of the Louisville community, and we want to step up and invest in projects that will have a lasting impact for our hometown during a challenging time,” said Pete Charboneau, JBS Louisville General Manager.

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July 22, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $3.5 Million in Grand Island to Support Local Community as Part of Hometown Strong Initiative

Through its Hometown Strong initiative, JBS USA today announced plans to donate $3.5 million to help Grand Island, Neb., respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. JBS USA is working with local leaders to identify where the funds can best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs in three key areas: food insecurity, community infrastructure and well-being, and COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts.

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July 16, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $2.6 Million in Worthington to Support Local Community as Part of Hometown Strong Initiative

Through its Hometown Strong initiative, JBS USA today announced plans to donate $2.6 million to help Worthington, Minn., respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. “Worthington is home to one of the nation’s signature pork production plants, supporting more than 275 local hog producers and producing nearly 11.7 million 4 oz. servings per day,” said Brad Hellinga, JBS Worthington General Manager. “Throughout this pandemic, we have tried to do our part to help our community and safely preserve the important jobs the facility provides. We are humbled to provide this multimillion dollar donation to our community and help Worthington remain hometown strong.”

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July 9, 2020

JBS USA and Pilgrim’s to Invest $3.5 Million in Minnesota to Support Local Communities as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

Building on ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA and Pilgrim’s, American-based food companies, announced plans today to invest $3.5 million in Minnesota to help local communities respond to coronavirus and invest in the future. The investment is part of a new, national $50 million initiative called Hometown Strong that adds to commitments JBS USA and Pilgrim’s have made this year to protect employees and ensure their job security amid the global pandemic. “The rural towns and communities where we live and work are the key to our success, and we are proud of our role as a large employer in Worthington and Pipestone,” said Bob Krebs, President of JBS USA Pork, which includes the pork facilities in Worthington and Pipestone. “We are grateful to work with local producers, local businesses and our communities to deliver high-quality pork to Americans across the country.”

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July 1, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $2.7 Million in Marshalltown to Support Local Community as Part of Hometown Strong Initiative

JBS USA is working with local leaders in Marshalltown, Iowa, to identify where the funds can best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs. All projects will be determined by the end of the year. “We are proud to be part of the Marshalltown community, and we recognize our responsibility to do more than just produce food during this critical time in our country,” said Todd Carl, General Manager, JBS Marshalltown. “We want to partner closely with the community to make meaningful and lasting investments that will benefit our team members, their families and our neighbors now and in the future.”

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June 25, 2020

JBS USA to Invest $4 Million in Nebraska to Support Local Communities as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

JBS USA, an American-based food company, announced plans today to invest $4 million in Nebraska to help local communities respond to coronavirus and invest in the future. “The rural towns and communities where we live and work are the key to our success and Grand Island, Nebraska, is home to one of the centerpieces of American agriculture,” said Tim Schellpeper, President of JBS USA Fed Beef, which includes the Grand Island fresh beef facility. “We are proud to work with local producers, local businesses and our community to deliver the highest quality beef to Nebraskans and the world.”

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June 24, 2020

JBS USA Unveils Plans to Invest $5 Million in Iowa to Support Local Communities as Part of New Hometown Strong Initiative

JBS USA will partner with local officials and community leaders in Council Bluffs, Marshalltown and Ottumwa to identify investment projects that strengthen these hometowns where the company’s team members live and work. “Iowa is central to the world’s food supply and JBS USA plays a critical role in food production,” said Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. “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.”

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