Keystone Foods is one of the largest makers of hamburger patties and processed poultry in the world, with more than 40 distribution and processing facilities located throughout North America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. As a subsidiary of Marfrig Global Foods, Keystone supplies hamburgers, chicken wings, chicken breast fillets and patties, fish patties and pork products to some 36,000 restaurants in a dozen countries.
Keystone supports the communities where it operates through financial contributions, charitable event coordination, sponsorships and employee volunteerism. In 2014, the company launched an initiative to refocus its philanthropic efforts with the goal of making a greater difference in the communities around the world where it has a significant employee presence. That initiative, dubbed Keystone Cares, targets three key areas of giving:
- Nourishing people. As noted by the company, approximately 842 million people do not eat enough to be healthy, and one in eight people go to bed hungry each night. As a leading global supplier of protein products, Keystone seeks to leverage its expertise to minimize hunger and food security concerns.
- Local community support. Due to the geographic diversity of the company, Keystone focuses its community support at the local level to address local priorities and consider cultural differences.
- Disaster relief. When significant disasters strike in areas where its facilities are located, Keystone contributes to relief efforts to help its employees and their communities tackle immediate challenges and long-term recovery.
Each Keystone facility is tasked with sponsoring projects that have a global impact—focusing on food and feeding people and local outreach—by supporting nonprofits in their respective communities on an ongoing basis or when disaster strikes.
Keystone’s employees also support local charitable groups through volunteerism. Some examples of the company’s volunteer support in recent years include:
- Giving back to area firefighters. In North Baltimore, Ohio, Keystone contributed time, money and culinary expertise to prepare a dinner to thank area firefighters for all that they contribute to the community.
- Adopting mothers in need. At Keystone Foods in Eufaula, Ala., the Keystone Women’s Inclusion Network partnered with Crowne Healthcare to sponsor an “Adopt a Mother” program. Employees filled 42 backpacks with personal care items and delivered them to deserving mothers on Mother’s Day. The K-WIN participants also visited with residents to brighten their day.
- Delivering food and toys at the holidays. At Keystone’s headquarters in Pennsylvania, a campaign collected donated toys for children who might not otherwise receive gifts during the holidays. The program, sponsored by Toys for Tots, was accompanied by a canned food drive that provided more than 200 meals to needy families around Thanksgiving.
- Helping children with special needs. Employees at Keystone’s Korea facility have a long-established relationship with a nonprofit facility focused on cancer care for children and accommodations for their parents. In recent years, employees have provided maintenance and cleaning services while also visiting with parents and children and providing gifts and food. Most recently, they have been involved with fundraising for a new hospital for children with cancer and related fundraising activities.
Additional information is available on the company’s website.