SMITHFIELD, Va., May 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., recently announced a $25,000 donation to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). The gift will support CBF’s environmental education programs in Virginia, providing opportunities for students and teachers throughout the state.
“Outdoor learning is an opportunity to forge a real connection to Virginia’s beautiful waterways,” said Deidra Floyd, CBF Director of Field Programs. “Studies have shown that environmental education improves academic performance, increases civic engagement, and instills a belief that individuals can make a difference.”
This donation will help CBF’s award-winning environmental education programs reach more than 13,000 teachers and students in 4th through 12th grade in Title 1 schools across the state. Programs include Field Experiences that take students outside to explore the Chesapeake Bay watershed and learn how they can take action to save and protect the Bay. It also funds Teacher Professional Learning programs that focus on methods to incorporate environmental education into the core subject areas of reading, math, science, and social studies.
Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods and vice president of the Smithfield Foundation, presented the donation to CBF staff and students during an environmental education field experience at the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
“Smithfield is proud to provide students and teachers with the tools they need to learn about the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the importance of conservation,” said Leeth. “As a company, Smithfield is passionate about educating our youth and protecting our natural environment. This partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an incredible opportunity to help inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.”
This donation aligns with Smithfield’s efforts to support the vitality of local communities through education, and with the company’s continued environmental efforts and initiatives. Smithfield’s industry-leading sustainability program is focused on five pillars: animal care, environment, food safety and quality, helping communities, and people.