Community Involvement and Charitable Giving

At Pilgrim’s, we recognize the important role we play in the communities where our team members live and work. We believe we cannot truly be the best in all that we do without contributing to the health and prosperity of the communities in which we operate. We have a long history of partnering with a wide variety of non-profit organizations in local communities, and each of our facilities encourages its team members to take every opportunity to be active stewards of their community. To make sure our volunteering, sponsorships and donations have the most meaningful impact, we target our efforts to support local initiatives throughout our communities, many of which benefit schools, hospitals and youth organizations.

Our Commitment

We understand the responsibility that comes with being a major employer in rural landscapes, and we work hard to contribute to the well-being of these communities by providing gainful employment opportunities to thousands of local residents and participating in volunteerism, donation and sponsorship opportunities.

“Our communities are a part of our company fabric. We are proud to contribute to the local economy and support community members and programs through volunteerism and sponsorships.”
Lisa Burdick
Head of Human Resources, Pilgrim’s U.S.

Our Approach

Our location-based approach to community involvement and charitable giving allows us to impact where our team members live and work in ways that best benefit the community. Our goal is for our communities to consider Pilgrim’s a good neighbor and a willing community partner. We want our team members to be involved and active in their local communities, volunteer at events and support impactful initiatives. These opportunities not only provide our team members with a great deal of satisfaction, but also give them the chance to talk to, work with and engage directly with members of our communities—answering questions about what we do each day as a business.

We do not set companywide giving or volunteering targets; instead, each facility has an annual budget dedicated to supporting local initiatives and communities. While some facilities focus on working to better the lives of local youth, others choose to assist in the fight to alleviate hunger in their communities.

Each Pilgrim’s facility is encouraged to follow some basic guidelines for partnering with the community and determining the best use of the funds. While we do not have set qualifications for our charitable support, we prioritize organizations that:

  • Support the disadvantaged and those in need
  • Improve the development and well-being of youth
  • Promote agriculture
  • Support our team members
  • Promote acceptance and diversity
  • Support our local communities

Keeping these criteria in mind, each facility’s Human Resources Director and General Manager support organizations and community functions that they believe will have the greatest impact on their community. We strive to provide a balance between providing financial support and in-person volunteer hours that match community requests.

We evaluate our giving to ensure we are having real impact by reviewing event execution and assessing how well the organization used Pilgrim’s support. We use this feedback to decide if support or participation is appropriate in subsequent years.

Giving Back To Our Communities

In 2018, our facilities continued to serve their local communities through numerous sponsorships, volunteer efforts, fundraisers and donations. The following are just a few snapshots of the many ways our facilities provided support to their communities throughout the year.

El Marques Chicken Day

Pilgrim’s Mexico

Each year, Pilgrim’s Mexico participates in Chicken Day, an event organized by the local government of one of the communities the company has a strong presence in. In 2018, part of the day’s festivities included a chicken recipe contest, for which Pilgrim’s Mexico donated all necessary product and served on the judge’s panel to select…

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Bridge Refugee Center

Chattanooga, TN, Chicken Production Facility

In August 2018, Pilgrim’s Chattanooga donated $20,000 to Bridge Refugee Services, Inc., a nonprofit agency operating in Chattanooga committed to providing protection and assistance to refugees as they find a secure path toward self-sufficiency and fulfill their American dreams within a supportive community. Pilgrim’s donation helped the Bridge center’s 2018 efforts to support refugees as…

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ACS Colors of Cancer

Chattanooga, TN, Chicken Production Facility

In October 2018, the Pilgrim’s Chattanooga team signed up as a $3,000 sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Colors of Cancer run. The event will take place on June 15, 2019 in downtown Chattanooga, where walkers, runners and volunteers will come together for a 10k race and 1-mile fun run to honor cancer survivors,…

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Back To School Supplies

Natchitoches, LA, Chicken Production Facility

In 2018, Natchitoches team members collected back-to-school backpacks and school supplies to be donated to the local Boys and Girls Club.

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CASA Princess Ball

Mt. Pleasant, TX, Chicken Production Facility

The Pilgrim’s complex in Mt. Pleasant, TX, is a proud supporter of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). In 2018, the team participated in the CASA Princess Ball, a fundraiser held each year to raise money for the organization. Along with a monetary donation to assist with the cost of renting the building for the event,…

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Christmas Celebration

Waco, TX, Prepared Foods Facility

In December 2018, Pilgrim’s Waco hosted children from around the community to come meet and take pictures with Santa at the facility. Additionally, more than 2,000 toys were donated to local area charities, including Toys for Tots, for the holiday season.

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Earth Day 2018

Earth Day

Marshville, NC, Chicken Production Facility

In honor of Earth Day, Pilgrim’s team members planted a row of trees in front of the Pilgrim’s Live Operations offices in Marshville, NC. The mix of red and sugar maples were planted along US 74 and will provide a beautiful border in the summer and vibrant red colors in the fall. In addition, each…

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FareShare

Pilgrim's Moy Park

Pilgrim’s Moy Park has contributed over 300,000 meals to FareShare, the U.K.’s largest food redistribution charity. FareShare aims to tackle hunger by redistributing surplus food to charities that then turn it in to meals. Pilgrim’s Moy Park joined forces with FareShare in March 2015 and has provided over 130 tonnes of fresh surplus chicken to…

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Farm Africa

Pilgrim's Moy Park

In 2015, Pilgrim’s Moy Park announced its partnership with Farm Africa and its goal of raising an ambitious £100,000 for the charity over a three year period. Farm Africa aims to end hunger and stimulate prosperity in rural Africa, working shoulder to shoulder with farmers and local communities and providing them with the right seeds,…

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Northwestern State University

Natchitoches, LA, Chicken Production Facility

In November 2018, Pilgrim’s Natchitoches donated $10,000 to Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology in thanks for the exceptional work and assistance NSU students and faculty put into an ergonomic project at the local facility. Pilgrim’s received great feedback because of the help of NSU faculty, staff and students. “It’s a wonderful partnership and…

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Georgia Apple Festival Parade

Ellijay, GA, Chicken Production Facility

In October 2018, 55 of our loyal team members at Pilgrim’s Ellijay came out to the 47thAnnual Georgia Apple Festival to represent the facility during the parade. Despite the rainy weather, the team had a blast on the Pilgrim’s float. They handed out lots of candy and rubber chickens during the event. Rain or shine,…

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Teletón Campaign

Pilgrim’s Mexico

In line with Pilgrim’s Mexico’s values and dedication to supporting Mexican families, the company sponsored and invited all team members to participate in the 2018 Teletón Campaign, an annual 24-plus-hour television and radio broadcast dedicated to raising money for children with disabilities, autism or cancer. The Teletón Foundation who puts on the event each year…

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