As part of its social responsibility program “Fazer o Bem Faz Bem” (“Good Deeds are Good”), JBS has organized a series of solidarity actions to help Brazilian society fight the coronavirus. So far more than 92 tons of food; nearly 120,000 cleaning and hygiene items, such as soap, alcohol gel, disinfectants and sanitizers; and 85,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) items and uniforms have been delivered to healthcare and urban cleaning workers.
Learn more below on some of the initiatives conducted by the Company that have benefited nearly 250 institutions in 160 cities on the five Brazilian regions. It is estimated that approximately 500,000 people have been impacted by the initiatives.
The Seara plant located in the Federal District has donated more than 300 kg of chicken to the institution “Mão Amiga”.
The JBS plant in Dourados (MS) donated hospital items and materials to the UPA (immediate care unit) and the Healthcare Services Foundation of Dourados (Funsaud), which are working on the frontline to fight the coronavirus. Disposable shirts, gloves in different sizes, oversleeves, clear goggles, alcohol gel and masks have been donated. In total, close to 3,000 items were donated to frontline workers
The Seara plant located in Sao Gonçalo dos Campos (state of Bahia) delivered more than 500 kg of chicken to the institution “Dispensário Santana”, in the city of Feira de Santana (BA), which offers approximately 1,400 meals every day.
JBS, through the Seara plant in Itapiranga (SC), donated personal protective equipment (PPE) items to the local government to support the work of disinfecting strategic areas in the city, such as healthcare facilities, city hall, fuel stations and banks. Amongst the equipment items donated, there are protective goggles, footwear (PVC boots and gaiters), personal protection kits, gloves, PFF2 respirators, sprayers, and the chemical product used for application.
JBS Ambiental donated 55,000 plastic bags to hospitals in Lins and Promissao, state of Sao Paulo. The bags are recycled and made from residues from JBS’ operations. This material is highly important for the work of healthcare institutions during the fight against the coronavirus, because it contributes to the correct disposal of hospital garbage, avoiding contamination. The donation is also a sign of appreciation to healthcare professionals, who are working tirelessly to care for the population of the region around the plant.
The local Seara plant delivered to the Healthcare Department of Montenegro (RS) more than 1,000 surgical masks, overalls and trash cans. The items will be used by the city’s public service.
To help recycling workers who are on a temporary break, JBS has supported “Instituto Recicleiros” in the purchase of basic food baskets and in the contribution of emergency assistance to nearly 120 self-employed workers in different parts of Brazil. In total, more than 400 people were assisted by the initiative, including the families of these recycling workers. In Naviraí (MS), where JBS has three factories (Friboi, JBS Ambiental and JBS Couros), the assistance benefited 26 workers from “Recicla Naviraí” – Cooperative for Recyclable Material Collectors in the city. The basic baskets included food products and hygiene and cleaning materials, containing sufficient resources to sustain these professionals and their families for at least two months.
In Passo Fundo (RS), 6 tons of chicken were donated to hospitals in the region. The institutions benefited were: Hospital São Vicente de Paulo, in Passo Fundo; Hospital de Clínicas, also in Passo Fundo; and Hospital Nossa Senhora de Lourdes, in Nova Bassano. The donation will contribute to meals for hospital patients and employees.
As a way to pay tribute to the anonymous heroes who work fighting the coronavirus in Sao Paulo, Seara is distributing meals to healthcare agents. With a food truck, the brand goes to healthcare stations in 40 locations pre-established in the Metropolitan Area and distributes dishes from the Seara Rotisserie range. The initiative, named “Seara te Admira” (“Seara Admires You”), is a way to thank these professionals for their commitment and dedication. Until April 23rd, nearly 4,000 meals were distributed, which is equivalent to 1.5 ton of ready-to-eat dishes.
Another solidarity action from Seara involves people who live in the outskirts of the city’s southern region. In partnership with the NGO “Vida Corrida”, Seara delivered 2.5 tons of foods with animal protein to nearly 450 families who live in the community, one of the most impoverished in the city.
Swift, on the other hand, is producing an average of 600 meals every day300 lunch boxes and 300 snacks, to donate to charity institutions. In total, 2,400 meals are distributed every week (from Monday to Thursday). NGOs “Mãos na Massa” and “Casa do Pai Benedito”, were amongst the institutions that benefitted in the Metropolitan Sao Paulo Area.
300 masks and 498 liters of 70% alcohol gel were delivered to the Senador Canedo city government, through the city’s Healthcare Department. The materials will be used to protect the city’s healthcare professionals.