Helping Communities

Helping Communities

As one of the nation’s leading food producers, we are especially well-positioned to contribute to hunger relief as part of our philanthropic and community outreach efforts. We have focused on tackling food insecurity in America through more than just food donations; we are also committed to raising public awareness through a diverse set of partnerships, as well as through employee-led community activities.
 
Education and support for veterans and military families are two other key elements of our giving strategy, which includes financial support and employee volunteerism.

Our Commitment to Helping Communities

Smithfield greatly values our connection to the communities where our people work and live. We strive to maintain a relationship of mutual support, and we take seriously our responsibility to keep our communities strong.

Our Commitment to Helping Communities

Our Community Goal

  • Support our communities

Our Community Targets

  • Each facility/farm division to participate in four community events per year for charities/nonprofits
  • At least one event per year must include a stakeholder presentation
  • Maintain our Helping Hungry Homes® program donations of product to those in need

As one of the nation’s leading food producers, we are especially well-positioned to contribute to hunger relief as part of our philanthropic and community outreach efforts. We have focused on tackling food insecurity in America through more than just food donations; we are also committed to raising public awareness through a diverse set of partnerships, as well as through employee-led community activities.
 
Education and support for veterans and military families are two other key elements of our giving strategy, which includes financial support and employee volunteerism.

Our Social Purpose

Smithfield Foods is committed to improving food insecurity and ending hunger by donating high-quality, nutritious food. We created our Helping Hungry Homes® initiative to alleviate hunger across the country. We also support other philanthropic solutions in the fight against hunger as well as in the areas of education, veterans, and those that align with our sustainability program.

In 2017, for example, we made a $3 million donation—$1 million a year over three years—to the local school district in our headquarters community of Smithfield, Virginia. We support veterans-focused nonprofit organizations and, through our Operation 4000! initiative, we are taking our commitment to the military to a new level to employ more veterans and increase our support for veteran employees.
 
We recently centralized all charitable giving activities at the corporate level as part of our wider “One Smithfield” initiative to create a unified company. This holistic approach allows us to more strategically and effectively coordinate across all of our operations so that we can amplify our impact and fulfill our mission, vision, and social purpose.

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