Cargill's North American Protein business is partnering with Canadian nonprofits to support COVID-19 relief efforts. The move is part of a global initiative that has seen Cargill partner with nonprofits and NGOs around the globe to help address food insecurity, health and safety needs and agriculture and industry challenges during the pandemic.
The company has committed $35 million to date for COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts through partnerships, aid funds, product donations and employee giving. In addition to monetary contributions, Cargill has donated more than 3 million pounds of food to food shelves and hunger relief efforts.
"We are humbled to work alongside the people whose tireless efforts every day keep food on our tables," said Jon Nash, president of Cargill Protein – North America. "Cargill is focused on supporting employees and local communities – especially those most impacted by food insecurity during this pandemic. We are working with producers to keep the agriculture economy moving and to feed Canadian communities. Our employees as well as our producer partners have our deep gratitude."
Cargill has partnered with the Canadian Cattleman's Foundation at the founder's level to support Canadian producers. Additionally, the company has made contributions to organizations providing emergency support to Canadians including to Food Banks Canada, Second Harvest Canada and Breakfast Clubs Canada.
Local Cargill Protein teams have also helped to provide more than two million meals for Canadians through our food bank partners across the country. In Quebec, Cargill donated 20,000 kg of ground beef to Tables de Chefs' "Les Cuisines Solidaires" project. The project aims to mobilize the food industry and chefs of Quebec to produce more than 800,000 meals for people in need during and after the COVID-19 crisis. The meals are being prepped in commercial kitchens across the province and delivered to food banks and agencies that are part of Food Banks Quebec.
The company says it has also undertaken extensive measures to support employee health and safety at its protein facilities and has recognized frontline employees with incentive pay and bonuses during the pandemic.