Cargill donates 150 thousand dollars to CARE International to reinforce food security of communities where it operates
Donation will allow the delivery of packages with nutritional supplements, hygiene and health materials to 13,100 people, as part of the response to the emergency of COVID-19 in Central America
Managua, April 23, 2020.- Cargill Central America recently approved an additional contribution to CARE International of US $ 150,000 to reinforce the Nourishing the Future project that is being carried out in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, in order to help solve the food security needs of some of the communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nourishing the Future is a program that encompasses Cargill's social responsibility activities, it has been running for 10 years in alliance with CARE International in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua and it is developed with its local partner in the region.
Cargill and CARE International work together in 10 countries in the world to generate sustainable solutions and promote the prosperity of neighboring communities to the company's operation. In Central America, this joint work has positively impacted more than 125,000 people, through school programs to improve the nutrition of girls and boys and provide technical support to producers and producers in order to improve commercialization and income at home.
"Cargill, today more than ever, reaffirms its commitment to nourish our communities, that is why we are working together with partner organizations, such as CARE International, to address the food security problems of vulnerable communities," said Xavier Vargas, President of Cargill Central America.
"This US $ 150 thousand is additional to the more than US $ 3 million contributed for the execution of the IV Phase of the Nourishing the Future Project that is currently taking place in the region," added Vargas.
With this emergency fund provided by Cargill, packages with nutritional supplements, hygiene and health materials will be delivered to 2,760 families in the region, which will benefit a total of 13,100 people.
The delivery of the packages with food, hygiene and health materials is being carried out in these four countries of the region, from April 20th.
This is just one example of how Cargill is working with non-profit organizations and partner NGOs around the world to help address the needs of food security, health and safety and the challenges of agriculture and the food industry, due to the COVID-19 spread. In addition to monetary donations, we are collaborating with nonprofit organizations around the world to donate food, ingredients, and other high-need products to those who are vulnerable during this pandemic. For example, Cargill has donated nearly 454 tons of food to local communities where our employees live and work. Cargill's global and regional COVID-19 response is guided by our purpose to nurture the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.
Companies, organizations or individuals who wish to contribute to CARE International can learn more at https://www.care.org/emergencies/care-covid-19-response.
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In Central America, Cargill sells chicken and sausages, as well as beef, pork, turkey, formed and marinated, through the Cargill Protein Latin America business unit. It also produces balanced food for major and minor species, through Cargill Animal Nutrition.
Finally, in Costa Rica, it has a shared services office, Cargill Business Services (CBS); that provides global support in the areas of human resources, finance, logistics and transportation, among others.