May 21, 2020


Cargill Canada commits C$35 million for COVID-19 relief




Cargill in Canada has so far committed C$35 million (US$25.2 milllion) for COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts through partnerships, aid funds, product donations and employee giving, the company said in a press release on Wednesday, May 20.


Besides the monetary contributions, the commodities trader has donated more than 3 million pounds of food to food shelves and hunger-relief efforts, it added.


"We are humbled to work alongside the people whose tireless efforts every day keep food on our tables", said Jon Nash, president of Cargill Protein - North America.


"Cargill is focused on supporting employees and local communities-especially those most impacted by food insecurity during this pandemic. We are working with producers to keep the agriculture economy moving and to feed Canadian communities. Our employees as well as our producer partners have our deep gratitude."


Cargill has partnered with the Canadian Cattlemen's Foundation at the founder's level to support Canadian producers. Additionally, the company has made contributions to organisations providing emergency support to Canadians including to Food Banks Canada, Second Harvest Canada and Breakfast Clubs Canada.


Local Cargill Protein teams have also helped to provide more than two million meals for Canadians through the company's food bank partners across the country. In Quebec province, Cargill donated 20,000 kilogrammes of ground beef to Tables de Chefs' "Les Cuisines Solidaires" project, which aims to mobilise the food industry and chefs of Quebec to produce more than 800,000 meals for people in need during and after the COVID-19 crisis.


The meals are being prepared in commercial kitchens across Quebec and delivered to food banks and agencies that are part of Food Banks Quebec.


To support employee health and safety, Cargill has adopted additional measures at all protein facilities, including temperature testing, distributing face masks to employees daily, taking extra cleaning and sanitising measures and supporting social distancing with efforts ranging from staggered breaks and shift flexibility to the installation of barriers between workstations.


Cargill also gives its frontline employees incentive pay and bonuses during the pandemic.