Mission Produce™ Highlights Impact of Global Community Giving; Steve Barnard Comments
OXNARD, CA - Cultivating a better future for generations to come, Mission Produce announced its 2023 global giving results. Contributing to causes supporting children, families, and agriculture education, Mission Produce is hoping that it will leave the planet better off than it found it.
“We have a unique opportunity to give back to our people and communities around the world,” said Steve Barnard, Chief Executive Officer. “We’re extremely grateful for the thousands of people working with Mission—on our farms, in our packhouses, at our distribution centers—so, we intentionally invest in the areas we believe can have a lasting impact on our people and their communities. Through our contributions, we aim to enhance their quality of life, promote a safe environment, and improve access to essential resources.”
According to a press release, the company’s community giving highlights from 2023 include the following.
In the United States, Mission hosted its 11th annual golf tournament fundraiser, raising $135,000 for The Mission Produce Foundation. In 2023, the foundation supported several local and national organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, the Make-A-Wish® Central Coast and Southern Central Valley, Casa Pacifica, and Interface Children & Family Services.
In Mexico, Mission provided financial and logistical support through its “TalentoMission” program for employees in Mexico to complete their primary and secondary education. The company also sponsored children from the “Vivan los Niños” Social Assistance Center to participate in Michoacán’s “Judo Cup,” a youth development program. In contribution to a reforestation campaign in Uruapan, Michoacán, several Mission volunteers planted 3,000 pine trees in a nearby indigenous community impacted by wildfires.
In Peru, Mission was especially active. Over 80 employees enrolled in Mission’s secondary education program, CEBA Mission to enable operating personnel the opportunity to earn their academic degrees. To support the community development of Virú, Chao, and Olmos, Mission Produce provided resources to improve public health, citizen security, and city infrastructure.
To learn more about the company’s activities in Peru, click here.
“Our community development teams are passionate about our global giving initiatives, and I’m proud of their efforts to represent Mission Produce across the globe,” added Barnard.
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