Smithfield Foods donates to Ukraine

Published 5:54 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Smithfield Foods announced cash and non-monetary donations totaling $2 million on March 21 toward relief efforts in Ukraine.

The company said it would contribute $250,000 to four nonprofit disaster relief organizations: the Global Red Cross Network, Mercy Chefs, Save the Children and the World Central Kitchen.

The Global Red Cross Network includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which are providing immediate relief, long-term recovery and critical humanitarian services in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including temporary shelters, counseling, health services and supplies.

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Mercy Chefs, the company’s disaster relief partner in the United States, is currently warehousing and distributing shelf-stable food, water, fresh fruit, baby formula and other basic supplies into Ukraine and to refugees on the Ukrainian border.

Save the Children delivers humanitarian assistance to children and their families in Ukraine and the region, including food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance.

The World Central Kitchen is working with refugees in southern Poland, Romania, Moldova and Hungary, and partnering with restaurants inside Ukraine to provide hot meals to anyone in need.

“Like the rest of the world, we are humbled and moved by the resilience of the Ukrainian people,” said Shane Smith, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “Over the last few weeks, our team members in Central Europe have mobilized to provide desperately needed resources and other aid to the citizens of Ukraine on the ground. We are deeply proud of the decisive action our Smithfield Family has taken near the border and are committed to supporting and amplifying their good work.”

Smithfield’s global footprint is comprised of operations in seven countries around the world, including the United States, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and Mexico. Since the start of the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, Smithfield Europe – including Smithfield Polska (Animex and Agri Plus), Smithfield Romania, Smithfield UK and Mecom in Slovakia and Hungary – have provided dedicated support for Ukrainian team members and refugees in the region by securing transport, accommodations, employment and other types of care. Additionally, Smithfield Europe has engaged in regular donations of shelf-stable and other protein to food banks and temporary shelters across the region. Combined, these ongoing aid efforts will amount to approximately $1 million in in-kind contributions.

“In the midst of the largest refugee crisis in Europe since WWII, we’re 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 a heightened responsibility at Smithfield Europe to provide holistic support during this tragic time.”