Farming, Animal Production and COVID-19
COVID-19 is impacting every individual, business and community in the world in unprecedented ways. It’s a time to be united, even if we’re all physically apart.
As people everywhere take drastic steps to protect themselves during the global pandemic, farmers and ranchers must continue to take care of their animals. Their work is a cornerstone of the food chain that feeds us all, and we’re doing all we can to ensure animal producers have the feed they need to nourish their animals. That’s always been Cargill’s mission, and it’s never been more important.
And as always, we commend farmers and ranchers for their commitment to the essential business of nourishing the world.
Commitment to our Customers
We are confident in the security and sustainability of the global food system and are working around the clock with farmers, ranchers and customers to feed the world safely and responsibly during this unprecedented time.
Fortunately, disruption in Cargill’s global supply chain has been limited, as our hard-working employees continue to operate safely in our facilities. We are doing everything reasonably possible to minimize business disruptions. As we provide essential feed and food that nourish people and animals, we are taking this responsibility very seriously and strive to keep our operations – and ultimately farm operations – running.
Hear from our Heroes
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Frequently Asked Questions
We may be working differently at this time, but it does not mean our work stops.
Our commitment to doing the right thing, putting people first and reaching higher will continue to guide every decision we make.
We prioritize the health and safety of our employees, as they are essential in delivering the food we all need to stay healthy and nourished. We’ve adopted additional precautions to support staff at feed production facilities, including temperature testing where possible, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, prohibiting visitors from our facilities, social distancing practices where possible and offering shift flexibility to keep our major production facilities open.
Cargill is working closely with nonprofit partners and NGOs at both global and regional levels to expedite and ensure swift deployment of resources. We aim to help address food insecurity and nutrition needs for vulnerable children and families around the world, especially in light of widespread school closures. We are also making contributions to local foodbanks to develop shelf stable emergency food boxes to food-insecure families and have announced corporate matching funds for businesses and Cargill Cares council contributions to support COVID-19 relief efforts in local communities.
Globally, Cargill has already contributed more than $11 million through our nonprofit and NGO partners around the globe, with a commitment for more than $35M.
Our approach thus far has been focused on local communities surrounding our plants, support at the country level for national organizations (e.g. Red Cross, Food Banks etc.) and global partners including the World Food Programme and CARE. The national and global efforts have been coordinated across businesses.
- Procurement and distribution of shelf stable and pre-packaged food
- Meal distribution through NGO’s, schools, healthcare facilities or chef movements
- Distribution of Cargill food product donations
Emergency Medical Response
- Procurement and distribution of protective gear for patients and healthcare workers (masks, protective clothing, etc.)
- Procurement and distribution of medical equipment (thermometers, respirators, etc.)
- Procurement and distribution of sanitization and cleaning products
- Dissemination of lifesaving information to vulnerable communities on how the virus is spreading and how to protect against it
- Distribution of Cargill ingredient or product donations
Food Industry/System Support
- Relief for impacted food industry workers