August 27, 2015
Cargill has been part of the Guelph community since 2005 and is home to two facilities - the Dunlop Beef facility and the Watson Case Ready facility, employing around 1,600 employees. Cargill has demonstrated their dedication to the area through their Corporate Responsibility/Community Relationship mandate, committing approximately $500,000 annually towards programs and initiatives with local NGO's and charitable organizations, including the Children's Foundation.
In 2015, Cargill established a new Children's Foundation Scholarship. Thanks to their generosity, we annually award a local high school student with $2,500 to pursue post-secondary education in a trade or agricultural-related field.
"The Children’s Foundation’s is a great fit for Cargill. We want to encourage youth in trades and agricultural businesses and the Cargill Scholarship allows us to assist with that. It feels great to know that we can help students in need to achieve independence and the ability to support themselves through meaningful work." ~ Jodi Brandsma, Cargill
In addition to the Cargill Scholarship, they have been an invaluable supporter of our Food & Friends and Adopt-A-Family programs, ensuring food security is possible for vulnerable children and families in our community.
In addition to providing funds for our student nutrition programs, their team has also participated directly by providing volunteers on a weekly basis to help out at the Willow Road Public School breakfast program.
"Having such a wonderful supporter who's also willing to roll up their sleeves to cut veggies and help us feed kids in schools is tremendously uplifting. It's fantastic for kids to see members of our community coming out to lend a hand. It really lets them know they are important and also demonstrates to them the value of service." ~ Anita Macfarlane, Food & Friends Program Director