Pilgrim’s to Invest $735,000 in Nacogdoches to Support Local Community as Part of Hometown Strong Initiative

Press Release Nov 11, 2020
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Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to invest $735,000 in Nacogdoches, Texas, to support the community’s future. Pilgrim’s has been 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 very proud to provide food for our country, but we also recognize our important responsibility as a large local employer,” said Johnny Tubbs, Pilgrim’s Nacogdoches complex manager. “Our Hometown Strong program is giving us the opportunity to make lasting and meaningful impacts in our community.”

“Pilgrim’s shows over and over their investment in our community,” said Nacogdoches Mayor Shelley Brophy. “In addition to their overall economic impact, supporting local growers or providing good jobs, Pilgrim’s continues to be an ideal partner in making Nacogdoches a great place to live.”

The Pilgrim’s Nacogdoches production facility employs more than 1,500 people with an annual payroll of nearly $62 million. The facility supports 280 growers, paying them more than $36 million per year for their livestock. Consistent with its long-term commitment to the local economy, Pilgrim’s Nacogdoches has invested more than $51 million in capital improvements over the last five years.

Pilgrim’s anchors dozens of rural communities – operating more than 30 meat poultry and prepared foods facilities 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.