Smithfield Foods is donating $25,000 to North America's largest environmental education program. Led by the National Conservation Foundation, the 2019 National Conservation Foundation Envirothon will be held July 2019 and will bring together winning teams from across the U.S., Canada and China to compete for recognition and scholarships.
Presented during the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ Annual Meeting in Durham, N.C., this donation is in addition to Smithfield’s annual support of the international Envirothon program and its local competitions in communities across the country where Smithfield employees live and work.
“Smithfield Foods has been proud to support Envirothon for five years in a row, and each year we are astounded by the dedication seen from inspirational student participants in the program,” says Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. “We are thrilled to support the national competition as it comes to North Carolina, a state more than 10,000 of our employees call home.”
More than 50,000 high school students compete in teams at regional and statewide competitions throughout the nation to demonstrate their environmental knowledge and problem-solving skills leading into the national event. The winning teams who progress to the 2019 NCF-Envirothon Competition will participate July 28 through Aug. 2 on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
“We are honored to host this year’s national event here in North Carolina,” says Jennifer Brooks, NCF-Envirothon program manager. “We thank Smithfield for their ongoing support of Envirothon and their generous contribution to our organization for this year’s special event. This donation will support our collective efforts to instill and reinforce environmental stewardship in young people to help preserve our natural resources for generations to come.”
In addition to financial support from the company, Smithfield employees will donate their time and expertise to the program. During the regional, statewide and national competitions throughout the year, Smithfield employees will serve as volunteer advisors to lead training sessions, facilitate program curriculum and coordinate activities.
Smithfield’s industry-leading sustainability strategy is focused on pillars that represent its key areas of sustainability focus: Animal Care, Environment, Food Safety and Quality, Helping Communities and People. The company actively supports NCF and its efforts to advance environmental education, aligning with both Smithfield’s environmental initiatives and its commitment to support the vitality of local communities through education.
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