Pilgrim’s Writes Big Check to Live Oak

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Sierra Club and Environment Florida members and attorneys announce the filing of consent decree at the Bryan Simpson US Federal Courthouse in Jacksonville, FL. front row: Jenna Stevens, Jennifer Rubiello, Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Heather Govern, Whitey Markle back row: Dave Wilson, Mike Goldschlag, Tim Meng, Linda Bremer photo by Jose Matos

This company exceeded it pollution limit for years and was allowed to continue by the DEP until Sierra Club and others sued and won over one million dollars.

After settlement we have been told that things have reverted to the earlier system.

Our DEP allows industry to prevail.

Hefty sums like this check show the power of money and why it so difficult to fight pollution in our rivers.

Read the complete article in Lake City Reporter Sat. Sept.18, 2021, page 3.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
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Pilgrim’s writes big check to Live Oak

Staff report
Pilgrim’s of Live Oak has donated $335,000 to the City of Live Oak as a part of the company’s Hometown Strong Initiative, a $70 million national campaign that gives back to the communities in which they serve. 

The company was represented by Complex Manager Jeff Garner, Human Resource Manager Jaimee Chavous Handsborough, and Chuck Floyd at the City Council meeting Tuesday.  Pilgrim’s, one of Live Oak and Suwannee County’s largest businesses, employs more than 1,400 people with an annual payroll of more than $62 million.  They suppor t 135 growers paying out more than $24 million per year. 

“It is a great pleasure to be able to support our community, especially during times of uncertainty,” Garner said in a release.  Some of the projects funded are the Recreation Park Splash Pad, Hale Park improvements, Douglass Center improvements, and Police Athletic League. “Pilgrim’s has shown an extraordinary measure of generosity toward our community and county,” Live Oak Mayor Frank Davis added in the release.

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“We are blessed to have a company that not only employs a large number of people, but also produces healthy food for us to enjoy, especially during these uncertain times.” Pilgrim’s has also made generous donations toward Sparky’s Kids (Live Oak Fire Department’s annual Christmas outreach) and educational projects in Live Oak as well.

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