For several years OSI Group, one of the world’s largest meat processing firms, has been working with Feeding America, a network of local agencies that provides food to people who sometimes can’t afford to buy it.Feeding America provides food to more than 46 million food insecure families through food banks, soup kitchens and shelters. OSI Group reports that is contributed 252,781 pounds of surplus food from OSI food facilities to Feeding America in 2015. That topped the previous year record of 226,834 pounds.In addition, OSI employees contributed more than 200 hours of volunteer time working directly at local food banks across the nation.
Add in ancillary charitable causes centering around food insecurity issues, and OSI people gave more than 300 hours of their time to these projects.As one of the nation’s and world largest processors of beef, pork, chicken and vegetable raw material, OSI Group believes it is only natural to make every effort to ensure that every person in America, or any country, never goes hungry. Taking care of neighbors and serving communities is a core value of the OSI operational philosophy.OSI Group is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. The company has been in operation for more than 100 years. It was established in the greater Chicago area in 1909 by German immigrant Otto Kolschowski as a one-man butcher shop and meat retail business.
From the very beginning, this meat seller was an important part of the local community. Even though OSI is now an international company, it has maintained those “small community” values. It is dedicated to being a caring and contributing member of each location in which it operates.Another classic example is how OSI people sprang into action after Typhoon Haiyan struck in the Philippines in 2013. The company organized employee a small donations of cash and clothing for typhoon victims and supported relief operations in coordination with local aid groups. The OSI Group Philippines facility also initiated development programs for poor people and social service modules while working hand-in-hand with such entities as Catholic Charities and the Ronald McDonald’s House.