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Smithfield Foods Donates $12,000 to Local Scholarship Program

Monmouth, Ill. – WEBWIRE

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Monmouth facility has donated $12,000 to fund scholarships for 12 graduating high school seniors in the surrounding area. Scholarship gifts of $1,000 per student is funded through money generated by the facility’s recycling program. Smithfield has provided scholarship funding to the local community through its Monmouth facility for the past 10 years, having awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to date.
“Smithfield’s financial support helps our youth reach their full potential by better positioning them for post-secondary education,” said Ed Fletcher, superintendent of the Monmouth-Roseville School District. “Smithfield has been a long-time supporter of our public school system and our community, and we could not be more grateful for their ongoing contributions.”
The graduating seniors will be majoring in pre-med, early childhood education, biology, liberal arts, and general studies at a number of colleges and universities throughout the Midwest, including Carl Sandburg College, Northern Illinois University, Aurora University, Knox College, University of Iowa, Scott Community College, Black Hawk College, and Illinois Central College.
Smithfield’s Monmouth facility was established in 1962 and employs more than 1,600 local employees. Understanding that strong education programs can dramatically strengthen communities, Smithfield Foods’ support aligns with the company’s commitment to contribute to the vitality of the communities where its employees work, live, and raise their families.
“Smithfield takes great pride in helping our youth succeed and achieve their educational goals,” said Bruce Rundle, general manager of Smithfield’s Monmouth facility. “We are honored to support these hard-working, deserving students here in our community.” 
For more information about Smithfield’s charitable efforts, visit
About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit

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