Helping Health Care Workers
As part of Smithfield’s global response to the pandemic, our operations in the United States, Poland and Romania stepped up to provide much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and health facilities.
- In June 2020, we donated face shields to health care workers at nursing homes and local hospitals in the United States. In the first weeks of the pandemic, our employees used temporary, disposable face shields in addition to masks. As we became able to replace the temporary face shields with permanent models affixed to employees’ helmets, we distributed the surplus face shields to health care facilities across the nation, in total donating more than 115,000 face shields valued at nearly $700,000.
- We donated hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and face shields to more than 10,000 students at 13 schools in Duplin County, North Carolina.
- In Poland, we provided more than $275,000 to more than a dozen hospitals in communities where we operate for the purchase of PPE as well as medical equipment valued at more than $200,000. Our feather facility in Kraków temporarily shifted its efforts from its usual production of feather bedding products to the creation of 75,000 face masks for our employees and local hospitals.
- In Romania, we announced 21 inaugural beneficiaries of our new Solidarity With the Medical System initiative, a $330,000 new funding program launched in October 2020 to support the country’s medical institutions. Earlier in the year, the team provided more than $56,000 in financial support and $54,000 in medical equipment and PPE to hospitals and health centers in Timis County.