Foundation Donor/Partner Since 2016
Smucker Natural Foods has been making family meals more memorable since 1897. Known best for their jams and preserves, Smucker’s has grown over the years, now offering natural snacks and beverages, coffee, and pet food, as well. As an international company, Smucker’s gives back to the communities they’re a part of through donated funds, products, and equipment. The company focuses on seven key areas of giving, including Education, Family Meals and Hunger Relief, Civic and Community, Sustainability, Wellness, Family Pets, and Culture and the Arts.
Through their commitment to Hunger Relief, Smucker’s has donated for the past twenty years to Feeding America, an organization that supports food banks in all 50 states. In 2017 alone, the company donated more than 4 million pounds of Smucker products to Feeding America’s food bank partners. Smucker’s employees also value giving back and often do so right in the company’s hometown of Orrville, Ohio. Employees regularly volunteer with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, having donated more than 1 million meals in the year 2017.
In addition to the company’s overarching Corporate Responsibility efforts, various Smucker’s brands also support their own generous initiatives. Beverage brand, Santa Cruz Organic, focuses on environmental sustainability and renewable energy, harnessing solar energy at their California production facility, as well as purchasing wind energy for operations. Santa Cruz Organic was recently acknowledged for their efforts and awarded a platinum-level Zero Waste certification for their commitment to diverting 99 percent of their waste from landfills and incineration, helping keep the environment healthier for years to come.