Recently, we have highlighted how CRA member companies are keeping employees and consumers safe, producing crucial corn-based products for use in medical supplies, and caring for their communities.
As America seeks to recover from this pandemic, we want to showcase the additional efforts of our members and their employees who are going above and beyond to fight COVID-19.
For more than two decades, Archer Daniels Midland maintenance colleague Jeff Belcher has been fixing equipment and performing preventative maintenance at ADM’s West Extraction Plant in Decatur, Illinois by day, and saving lives as a paramedic with Decatur Ambulance Service by night.
ADM recently made it possible for employees with health care certifications, like Jeff, to take temporary paid leave and help fight COVID-19 on the front lines.
“It is a nice thing that a company like ADM thinks of their employees that have special skills to allow them the time off to help others when a situation arises,” said Belcher.
Spring and summer months are traditionally a key fundraising period for National Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters, but school closures and the current need for social distancing have made it difficult to raise money.
As a longtime partner of the FFA, Cargill donated $500,000 to support a program to help chapters with funding amid the COVID-19 outbreak after banquets, spring plant sales, and other fundraisers were canceled. Chapters can receive up to $2,000 in funding to help offset the loss of program revenue.
Since our last update, Ingredion, Inc. has only continued to ramp up its charitable giving related to COVID-19. Specifically, Ingredion has made two corporate donations totaling $100,000 to the Global FoodBanking Network, which helped combat hunger and provided 1.2 million meals to families in need. Further, Ingredion’s dedicated employees have continued to demonstrate the company’s “Care First” culture by volunteering at local food banks and donating masks to frontline workers.
With Roquette Canada’s expansion to the city of Portage la Prairie, they have also expanded their outreach to help families in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Working with Simplot, Roquette Canada donated enough funds to feed 40 local families, demonstrating their commitment to serving their community.
As world leaders prepare stimulus packages to help economies recover from the impacts of the #COVID19 pandemic, Tate & Lyle joined a group of global corporations calling for a focus on the environment. They are joined by food and drink groups Nestlé, the Co-op, Carlsberg, Mars, and Coca-Cola European Partners.
The 155 companies have already set, or committed to, emissions reduction targets and are now calling on governments to prioritize action for the environment as part of relief packages. Last month, Tate & Lyle announced ambitious environmental targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce water use, beneficially use all its waste, and maintain support for sustainable agriculture.
Even during a pandemic, it’s important to plan for the future and protect our natural resources.
We are thankful to have such charitable companies as part of the Corn Refiners Association. They have stepped up to provide financial support, product donations, and thought leadership during this global pandemic, all while keeping our food supply chain strong.