Cargill invests in local communities through economic development, partnerships and giving combined with the volunteer efforts of our employees. Cargill provides corporate support to select national and global nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that serve communities in which we have a business presence. We support partners working within our focus areas of food security, nutrition, and sustainability. And, our businesses and facilities sponsor employee-led groups, called Cargill Cares Councils, which support civic and non-profit organizations in their local communities.
Cargill Cares Councils seek to recognize issues important to our communities; build effective relationships with community leaders; and work to help improve living standards and promote vibrant, stable communities.
In the UK, some of our initiatives and projects include:
- Supporting Jamie’s Farm in Herefordshire, a charity farm which helps transform the lives of vulnerable children by engaging them with farming activities, including growing fruit and vegetables, learning about healthy diets, and caring for livestock.
- Cargill employees volunteer on an annual basis aboard the Irwell Pride litter boat, to help clean up the River Irwell in Manchester.
- In the Lincolnshire area, the Cargill Global Food Challenge takes place every year in partnership with the Lincoln City FC Sport & Education Trust, to help children learn about nutrition, healthy eating and active lifestyles.
- Cargill’s Premix & Nutrition sites in the UK partner with the Country Trust’s “Children’s Champion Scheme to help over 330 children from communities in need experience a farm day.
- In the Liverpool area, Cargill has partnered with Ykids, a charity that helps improve opportunities for children, young people and families. Cargill’s funding has helped support sports activities, kitchen gardens and meal provisions.
- Cargill employees in Weybridge have supported Painshill Park, in efforts to promote environmental awareness and understanding of local flora and fauna among school children.
Spotlight: Cargill helps FareShare fight hunger and ensure no good food is wasted
As part of Cargill’s approach to supporting access to safe, nutritious food in our local communities, Cargill has partnered with FareShare since 2009. FareShare is a leading charity in the fight against hunger by tackling food waste in the UK. Cargill’s support to FareShare has included:
- Over £600,000 provided in funding, which was vital helping establish FareShare’s regional centre in Merseyside and support FareShare in Greater Manchester.
- Cargill employees volunteering their time and expertise to support food redistribution in FareShare’s Merseyside and Greater Manchester regional centres, as well as raise awareness of the efforts of FareShare in their local communities.
- Cargill’s poultry business in the UK supplies the FareShare South West regional centre with fresh chicken every week free of charge, to help FareShare grow its capacity to redistribute even more food to communities in need.