GREELEY, Colo. Sept. 2, 2020 – Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS USA today announced plans to invest $3.3 million to help Moore County respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the region’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. All projects will be determined by the end of the year. Community members may send suggested proposals for investment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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. “The past few months our focus has been on protecting our team members and keeping our community safe, and we believe this initiative will ensure we make meaningful impacts in Moore County as we move forward.”
“Moore County sends its heartfelt appreciation to JBS USA’s leadership and employees for reinvesting in our communities through its Hometown Strong initiative,” said Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades. “While many industries shied away from added financial investments during the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, JBS USA, 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.”
A portion of the funds have already been committed to the City of Cactus to support building The Cactus Aquatic Center, which will provide recreation activities for the community, and to the YMCA of Moore County for an updated women’s locker room and scoreboard.
The JBS USA Cactus beef production facility employs nearly 3,300 people with an annual payroll of more than $140 million. The facility supports more than 50 producers, paying them more than $2 billion per year for their livestock. Consistent with its long-term commitment to the local economy, JBS USA Cactus has invested more than $82 million in capital improvements over the last six years.
JBS USA anchors dozens of rural communities – operating more than 60 meat, poultry and prepared foods plants and employing 62,000-plus people. Funds will be directed to every community JBS USA calls home.
Hometown Strong is a national $50 million initiative that adds to commitments JBS USA has made this year to protect employees and ensure their job security amid the global pandemic. Hometown Strong is one of the largest community investment programs of its kind in the country.
Visit hometownstrong.jbssa.com to learn more.