Marfrig announces beef donations in Uruguay

Company will donate 48,000 cans of beef to supplement the emergency kits distributed by Uruguay’s Ministry of Social Development

São Paulo, April 2, 2020 – Marfrig announces that, starting this week, it is rolling out a series of measures to support communities in Uruguay during the Covid-19 pandemic, a country where Marfrig has five production units, is the largest cattle processor and the largest exporter and employs 3,500 people.

One of the measures announced is the donation of 48,000 cans of beef to the Ministry of Social Development, which will use the product to supplement the emergency baskets distributed to families in vulnerable situations. For the next two months, every week, Marfrig also will distribute 3,500 meals made from beef in the cities where it operates:  Fray Bentos, Salto, San Jose, Tacuarembó and Tariras.

Marfrig has also created a donation fund at each of its plants in Uruguay. The funds will concentrate the weekly donations from suppliers to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund, an initiative by the Uruguayan government to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is critical that we all put forth our best efforts to combat the pandemic,” said Marcelo Secco, Marfrig’s CEO in Uruguay. “We not only have to guarantee the supply to the public, but also have to operate with the utmost responsibility, putting the health and safety of our employees and their families first.”

Supplying hope
In Brazil, Marfrig also announced monthly production of 10 tons of hand sanitizers at its Promissão Unit, located in the interior of São Paulo state. The product – which is essential for sanitizing and for preventing the novel coronavirus – will be distributed to its units in the country, to employees and to hospitals and charitable organizations located in the communities where Marfrig operates.

Simultaneously, Marfrig announced the donation of R$7.5 million to the federal government for purchasing 100,000 rapid tests to diagnose Covid-19.