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

Press Release Sep 09, 2020
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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.

Pilgrim’s 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 hometownstrong@pilgrims.com.

“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.”

“It is always exciting to see our local industries giving so much to our community by providing a safe, motivating, rewarding environment for our citizens to be employed,” said Carrollton Mayor Betty Cason. “Thank you for the provisions that Pilgrim’s has implemented to protect our citizens from the coronavirus while continuing to work.”

The Pilgrim’s Carrollton production facility employs more than 650 people with an annual payroll of more than $22 million. The facility supports 83 growers, paying them more than $18 million per year for their livestock. Consistent with its long-term commitment to the local economy, Pilgrim’s Carrollton has invested nearly $22 million in capital improvements over the last six years.

Pilgrim’s anchors dozens of rural communities – operating more than 30 meat poultry and prepared foods plants and employing 31,000-plus people in the United States. Nationally, the Hometown Strong initiative is a $20 million investment from Pilgrim’s, which is part of a $50 million nationwide contribution from JBS USA. Visit hometownstrong.jbssa.com to learn more.