Conagra Brands Recognized As One Of The 50 Most Community-Minded Companies In The United States For The Second Consecutive Year
CHICAGO, June 26, 2020 – Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) today announced that for the second consecutive year, it has been named an honoree of The Civic 50, which recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation. An initiative by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, The Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and resources to impact their communities.
“We’re proud to again be named to The Civic 50 by Points of Light, given our efforts to further our progress across the corporate social responsibility spectrum,” said Sean Connolly, president and chief executive officer, Conagra Brands. “This is a tremendous achievement that’s only possible through the hard work and dedication of our 18,000 team members. We’re steadfast in our efforts to continue to do the right things and do things right, particularly through our initiatives to impact food insecurity.”
“Points of Light believes that now more than ever, companies must drive transformative social change around the world,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light. We thank Conagra Brands for their investment, and look forward to supporting them in innovating and expanding this work.”
Conagra Brands is deeply motivated to make a meaningful impact on the pervasive societal issue of hunger. Hunger and food insecurity impacts the communities hardest hit by COVID-19 and recent events. The company takes a holistic approach which includes employee engagement, financial contributions and production donations. Following are just a few of the many Conagra initiatives which aim to impact and raise awareness of food insecurity:
- Responding to COVID-19: The COVID-19 virus has significantly increased the strain on community resources to ensure children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens have access to food. Conagra Brands has given support in many ways, including donating product to Feeding America and other organizations, making cash contributions, and providing assistance at a local level through remote food drives and volunteer activities. To learn more about Conagra Brands’ community investment initiatives in response to COVID-19, please visit the ConagraBrands.com News page.
- Nourish Our Communities Grants: Each year, Conagra Brands employees are encouraged to nominate effective nonprofits for grants which are then reviewed by an all-employee panel. Last year, the program awarded $350,000 to 23 organizations around the country.
- Shine the Light on Hunger Campaign: Based in Omaha, home to Conagra Brands’ largest workforce, Conagra leads an annual community-wide call-to-action to raise food, funds and awareness of the issue of hunger. In 2019, the campaign generated over 2.4 million meals for the Food Bank for the Heartland.
- Month of Service: In April, thousands of Conagra Brands employee volunteers connect with non-profit organizations through projects that benefit their communities. In fiscal year 2019, more than 2,600 employees volunteered over 7,430 hours of their time and raised the equivalent of 697,277 meals for people facing food insecurity across the United States and in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
- Ongoing Food Product Donations: In Conagra Brands’ fiscal year 2020, the company donated 30 million pounds of food to the Feeding America network of 200 food banks located throughout the United States. This equates to an average of over 2.5 million pounds of food donated to the Feeding America network of food banks every month.
- United Way Campaign: United Way and its network of nonprofit agencies form a safety net in each of our communities that provide education, health, job training or basic needs such as food, housing or crisis intervention. Last year, employees in 30+ Conagra Brands production facility and office locations raised over $550,000 (more than 126% of the company’s goal) to help neighbors.
The Civic 50 honorees are public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more and are surveyed and selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program including investment, integration, institutionalization and impact. The survey helps companies become more active leaders in the corporate social responsibility field and provides valuable benchmarking data to better understand and grow their community impact.
To learn more about Conagra Brands’ corporate social responsibility initiatives, please visit the ConagraBrands.com Corporate Social Responsibility page.
To learn more about The Civic 50, the 2020 honorees and insights from this year’s survey, please visit www.Civic50.org.
About Conagra Brands
Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG), headquartered in Chicago, is one of North America's leading branded food companies. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, Conagra Brands combines a rich heritage of making great food with a sharpened focus on innovation. The company's portfolio is evolving to satisfy people's changing food preferences. Conagra's iconic brands, such as Birds Eye®, Marie Callender's®, Banquet®, Healthy Choice®, Slim Jim®, Reddi-wip®, and Vlasic®, as well as emerging brands, including Angie's® BOOMCHICKAPOP®, Duke's®, Earth Balance®, Gardein®, and Frontera®, offer choices for every occasion. For more information, visit www.conagrabrands.com.
About Points of Light
Points of Light is a global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through affiliates in 250 cities across 37 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 14 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, visit: www.pointsoflight.org.