Smithfield Foods earns Chancellor’s Award

Published 10:48 pm Thursday, May 8, 2014

Smithfield Foods has earned the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy and is Paul D. Camp Community College’s 2014 Philanthropist of the Year. The honor was awarded at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond on April 15.

Smithfield Foods and its Smithfield-Farmland division and the Smithfield-Luter Foundation have supported college programs and initiatives, including the construction of the Regional Workforce Development Center; the establishment of a sustainability program; the launch of a new robotics curriculum; the enhancement of workforce programs and services; and scholarships.

The company has also provided financial support to the PDCCC Foundation’s unrestricted fund, which supports a variety of initiatives that help students, faculty and staff.

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In January 2013, Smithfield Foods and Smithfield-Farmland made the single largest contribution in the college’s history — $330,000 — during PDCCC’s first Major Gifts Campaign. Smithfield Foods President and CEO C. Larry Pope also served as honorary chair of the campaign.

Tim Schellpeper, president and chief operating officer of Smithfield-Farmland Fresh Meat Group, serves on the PDCCC Foundation Board.

“Funds donated to community colleges go toward helping real people create a better life for themselves,” Pope said. “As a result, communities are much richer and more stable, and that broadens the knowledge base of all residents.”

“The generosity of the … philanthropy leaders makes a critical difference in the lives of students and their families, as well as in the economic vitality of the commonwealth,” said VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “They believe in the knowledge and skills that Virginia’s Community Colleges offer to every Virginian. We thank them deeply for the partnerships that demonstrate the art of giving.”

The philanthropists will have a scholarship named after them, which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college.