JBS USA donates $1.2 million to Louisville to help with city's COVID-19 emergency response


Ben Tobin, Louisville Courier Journal (KY) 

Jul 28, 2020


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A food processing company with a large pork production facility in Louisville is pledging a sizable donation to the Derby City in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


JBS USA, which is headquartered in Greely, Colorado, announced Tuesday it is giving $1.2 million to Louisville to invest in the city's future. According to the company, it is working with local leaders to identify where funds can help meet community needs in tree areas: food insecurity, community infrastructure and wellbeing and COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts.


The pledged donation is part of the company's Hometown Strong initiative, where JBS USA donates to communities across the country where it has plants. All projects will be determined by the end of the year, and people who want to send proposals can send an email to hometownstrong@jbssa.com.


“We are proud members of the Louisville community, and we want to step up and invest in projects that will have a lasting impact for our hometown during a challenging time,” said Pete Charboneau, JBS Louisville General Manager.


“As we’ve collectively navigated the coronavirus pandemic, we have been focused on keeping our team members and our community safe," Charboneau added. "We believe the Hometown Strong initiative gives us the opportunity to do more than produce food, and we’re grateful to partner with local leaders to determine how best to give back.”


Located at 1200 Story Ave. in Butchertown, JBS' pork processing plant...