The “Back to School” program, initiated by Smithfield Romania in the kindergartens and schools in Timis and Arad, has arrived in the tenth year of implementation. Conceived as a sustained approach, of long-term, of support for the education and the school performance, this program has already involved, over the years, over 30,000 students from 60 towns in Timiş and Arad.
“Back to school” has already become a tradition for the students of different ages, who are waiting every year for the volunteers and the caravans with gifts consisting of school bags, sports equipment, puzzles, coloring books and various other supplies. In its 10 years of implementation of the program, the caravans “Back to School” have traveled thousands of kilometers, and the involved volunteers have accumulated over 1000 hours of activity.
“For 10 years, the” Back to School ” program has successfully put together some financial and organizational resources, the civic spirit and the desire of involvement of more than 80 volunteer participants every year, the needs of the communities to which we belong and in which we operate, the opening and the vision of our local partners – teachers, principals, school inspectors, representatives of the local authorities – and, not least, and most importantly, the joy of children to be greeted always with love and constantly supported in their educational approach. The education is the key to both personal life and career and we have the duty to pass this on to future generations” , said Bogdan Mihail, Smithfield Romania President.
The program is addressing both pupils enrolled in preschool, primary and secondary, and to the children of the company employees. In this edition, more than 6,000 students and 400 children of employees have enjoyed their received gifts.
Smithfield Romania has developed over time many sustainability programs and social engagement, being, among other things: the initiator of the “Food for the Soul” – to help the families with special needs, sponsor of the “World Day of Monitoring the Water Quality”, a program of analysis and monitoring of the water quality involving the pupils and the students, initiator of the support program of the local and cultural traditions “Be one of us!”, and the social responsibility program called “Smithfield Friends” – program to encourage the volunteerism among employees.
The social responsibility programs of Smithfield were recognized locally and internationally, the company’s volunteers were rewarded with numerous awards, including: Smithfield Foods “Environmental and Sustainability Awards 2014 ‘- for best practices in sustainability programs,” Diploma of Excellence “( PR Awards 2014), and the 2nd prize and nominations at the CSR Romanian Awards gala, editions in 2013, 2015 and 2016.