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·         JBS donating $1M for bike trail, new playground [NE]

·         JBS donates $1M to Green Bay community for COVID-19 response after outbreak at east-side plant [WI]

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



JBS donating $1M for bike trail, new playground


By Brandon Summers, The Grand Island Independent (NE)

Jul 28, 2020


JBS USA is donating $1 million to the city for a bike trail expansion and a new playground.


The playground will be located at the Veterans Athletic Complex, and is expected to cost about $350,000.


The John Brownell Beltline Trail, which ends at Cherry Street, would be extended by one mile to end at Grand Island’s JBS meatpacking plant.


It will cost roughly $650,000.


The funds come from the JBS Hometown Strong initiative, which supports local communities.


Todd McCoy, parks and recreation director, said the donation is appreciated.


“This is a couple of projects we’ve been wanting to do, and they were high on our priority list,” he said. “When JBS reached out to us and said they’d like to fund a couple of projects, they made it a reality. We’re absolutely excited.”


McCoy expects construction of the projects to begin next year.


“It would take a while,” he said. “Some design has to be completed and then there’s bidding and that type of thing. It would probably be next year.”


The Grand Island City Council accepted the donation Tuesday at its regular meeting.


Justin Bstandig, JBS human resources director, told the council that JBS USA was glad to help the city...





JBS donates $1M to Green Bay community for COVID-19 response after outbreak at east-side plant


Haley BeMiller and Doug Schneider, Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI)

Jul 29, 2020


GREEN BAY - JBS will donate $1 million to help the city boost its coronavirus relief efforts months after the company's Green Bay plant became a hot spot for the virus in Brown County.


The donation announced Wednesday comes as cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, continue to climb locally and across Wisconsin. State health officials on Tuesday reported over 3,800 cases in Brown County with 50 deaths linked to the virus.


It's not yet clear where the funds will go. JBS plans to work with local leaders to determine how the money should be used with a focus on three areas: COVID-19 relief, food insecurity, and community infrastructure and well-being.


"We’re excited to work in collaboration with JBS on this significant investment, which has the potential to catalyze a dramatic improvement and transformation within Green Bay,” Mayor Eric Genrich said in a statement. Genrich did not respond to an interview request.


Residents can send suggested investment proposals to The projects will be selected by the end of the year.


The donation to Green Bay is among a $50 million initiative by the company aimed at helping employees nationwide amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Louisville and Worthington, Minnesota — where over 600 JBS employees contracted the virus, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune — are among the cities to receive funds...





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


“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...