JBS USA to Invest $1 Million in the YMCA of Greater Louisville Through Hometown Strong Initiative

Press Release Jul 14, 2021
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Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, JBS Louisville today announced a $1 million investment in the YMCA of Greater Louisville’s Downtown Family YMCA to provide resources for the organization and memberships for JBS team members and their families.   

This investment will assist the YMCA with essential programming including childcare, community outreach, youth programming as well as membership and program scholarships. Additionally, through this partnership, JBS Louisville has made an investment in employee wellness by providing memberships to the YMCA of Greater Louisville for all its Louisville employees for the next five years, as well as on-site health and wellness events.

“Investing in the health and well-being of our team members and their families is very important to us, which is why we are so excited to partner with the YMCA,” said Pete Charboneau, JBS Louisville general manager. “Convenient access to fitness equipment, childcare, classes and other resources at such a strong local organization pave the way for a healthier future for our Louisville team members and our community.”

The contribution is part of the company’s Hometown Strong initiative, which included a commitment to invest $1.2 million in Louisville, Ky., to support the community’s future. JBS Louisville worked with local leaders and various organizations to determine how the funds could best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs. To date, the company has invested $145,000 to support a Children’s Bookmobile in partnership with the Louisville Free Public Library and The Library Foundation and provided $30,000 to the University of Louisville for Covid-19 testing.

“The generous JBS commitment came at a critical time during Covid-19, when the YMCA of Greater Louisville was facing many challenges,” said Steve Tarver, President/CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville. “Our ability to serve our community and extend the mission of the YMCA was enhanced in a big way as a result of the investment JBS has made. We are truly honored that JBS recognized the Y’s contribution to Louisville’s quality of life and chose us as their partner to help them deliver on their Hometown Strong promise to invest in local communities and to support their employees’ health and wellness during a particularly challenging time.”

“The YMCA of Greater Louisville embodies our core city values of compassion, better health and lifelong learning as it works every day to help young people on the path to reaching their full potential," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. "We're thankful to JBS USA and the Hometown Strong program for setting a strong example of corporate citizenship in supporting the YMCA's vital work."

The JBS USA Louisville pork production facility employs 1,165 people with an annual payroll of more than $60 million. The facility supports more than 275 local producers, paying them more than $360 million per year for their livestock.

Hometown Strong is a national $50 million initiative that adds to commitments JBS USA has made 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.