Smithfield Foods, Inc. is investing $2 million in cash and in-kind donations to crisis relief efforts to help Ukrainian citizens and those seeking refuge in surrounding areas. In response to the escalating violence in Ukraine, Smithfield will expand ongoing refugee relocation and ongoing assistance through its Central Europe operations with donations of $250,000 to each of the nonprofits. following disaster relief:
- Global network of the Red Cross, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which provide immediate relief, long-term recovery and humanitarian services in Ukraine and neighboring countries, including temporary shelter, health advice, services and supplies.
- Mercy Chefs, the company’s relief partner in the United States, which currently stocks and distributes shelf-stable foods, water, fresh fruit, baby formula and other basic supplies in Ukraine and the refugees at the Ukrainian border.
- Save the Children, a global organization that provides humanitarian aid to children and their families in Ukraine and the region, including food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance.
- World Central Kitchen, a global non-profit humanitarian, climate and community relief organization serving refugees in southern Poland, Romania, Moldova and Hungary and partners with restaurants in Ukraine to provide hot meals to everyone person in need.
“Like the rest of the world, we are touched and touched by the resilience of the people of Ukraine,” said Shane Smith, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods. “Over the past few weeks, our team members in Central Europe have mobilized to provide desperately needed resources and other forms of assistance to Ukrainian citizens on the ground. We are deeply proud of the decisive action our Smithfield family has taken close to the border and are committed to supporting and amplifying their good work.”
Smithfield’s global footprint includes operations in seven countries around the world, including the United States, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, United Kingdom and Mexico. Since the violence began in late February, Smithfield Europe – including Smithfield Polska (Animex and Agri Plus), Smithfield Romania, Smithfield UK and Mecom in Slovakia and Hungary – has provided dedicated support to Ukrainian team members and refugees in the region by securing transport, housing, employment and other types of care. Additionally, Smithfield Europe has engaged in regular donations of shelf stable and other proteins to food banks and temporary shelters in the area. Together, these ongoing relief efforts will amount to approximately $1 million in in-kind contributions.
“In the midst of the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, we are doing everything we can to help, starting with our Ukrainian team members,” said Luis Cerdan, executive vice president of European operations. for Smithfield Foods. “As the majority of refugees have fled to countries bordering Ukraine where our businesses are located, we feel an increased responsibility at Smithfield Europe to provide holistic support during this tragic time.”
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