In 2019, Pilgrim’s launched the Tomorrow Fund, a scholarship program to support the collegiate scholastic pursuits of our team members and their direct dependents. Our vision is to become the best and most respected company in our industry, creating the opportunity of a better future for our team members. In line with this pursuit, we established the Tomorrow Fund to help our team members achieve their dreams and create a better future for themselves and their families through education. Every year, an eligible student from each of our 33 facilities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico will be awarded a full-ride scholarship to an eligible university of their choice.
The Tomorrow Fund will support team members and direct dependents pursuing an initial undergraduate bachelors degree, an accredited vocational technical certification, or associates degree. Award recipients will participate in a Pilgrim’s mentorship program and be extended internship offers for the summer at Pilgrim’s locations across the country.
At Pilgrim’s, we believe that our people are our greatest strength. The Tomorrow Fund provides Pilgrim’s an opportuntiy to invest in the future, support our local communities and improve the lives of our team members and their families through empowerment, education and personal growth. We are excited to award our inagural class of Tomorrow Fund leaders with a full-ride scholarship for the Fall 2020 term.
In 2017, Pilgrim’s gifted $1 million to the Texas A&M Department of Poultry Science to establish the Department of Poultry Science Feed Mill, Industry Education, and Outreach Support Fund. This support fund will allow the department to modernize its feed mill with commercial industry-relevant equipment, increasing the feed manufacturing capacity by nearly tenfold. The $1 million gift from Pilgrim’s is the most significant in size and scope in the department’s nearly 100-year history and will enable improvements in faculty-led research programs, educational opportunities for students and outreach programs with the commercial poultry industry.
In 2019, the Pilgrim’s production facility in Arcadia, WI, donated $100,000 to the Arcadia Education Foundation in support of the Wanek Center, a new community recreation and event center located on the campus of the Arcadia School District. The Pilgrim’s donation will fund the primary community room and studio on the first floor of the facility.
“We are humbled to participate in a project that allows us to invest in the future of Arcadia for generations to come. This community has shown incredible support to our plant and live operations, our team members and our growers, and we’re grateful for this opportunity to show our commitment in return.”
President and CEO, Pilgrim’s Global
The Arcadia complex joined the Pilgrim’s business in 2017. Since then, Pilgrim’s has invested more than $1 million in the facility, which includes construction of a new chiller and two loading docks to make the facility even more competitive. Pilgrim’s also built a number of chicken barns in the area, allowing for partnerships with additional local growers.
The 71,500-square-foot Wanek Center will be used for wellness and recreational activities and will include a community gym, arena, indoor run/walk track, fitness center, exercise studio, community meeting room, adult and youth activity spaces and the Arcadia Public Library.