Smithfield Foods donates $50k to support Virginia economy, veterans

The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., is pleased to announce a $50,000 donation to The Virginia Chamber Foundation to advance the group’s goal of strengthening the state’s business climate as well as directly supporting the HIRE VETS NOW program.

HIRE VETS NOW provides access to transitioning service members and veterans with career opportunities with partnering businesses prior to re-entry into the civilian workforce.

“The Virginia Chamber Foundation is pleased to partner with Smithfield Foods on our continued work to improve Virginia’s economy and bring Virginia back to the top of national business climate rankings,” said Keith Martin, executive director of the Virginia Chamber Foundation. “This contribution to the HIRE VETS NOW program highlights our shared commitment to integrate our nation’s veterans into the business community.”

Smithfield’s donation will also provide direct support for the development of the Virginia Economic Dashboard. This resource will provide user-friendly, timely, and comparative economic data to allow decision makers to track Virginia’s progress on improving its business climate.

Continual performance assessment on key economic indicators will signal to Virginia’s business community and policy makers available opportunities to strengthen the state’s economic competitiveness.

“We are proud to continue our support of this great business development organization here in our home state of Virginia, which also provides such a valuable resource to active military and veterans,” said Keira Lombardo, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation. “Part of Smithfield’s social purpose is to honor the service and sacrifice of American veterans, and the HIRE VETS NOW program is the type of program that provides genuine career development support for our military community.”