Pilgrim’s Pride on Tuesday announced plans to invest $1.6 million in Alabama to help communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The investment, part of a new, national $20 million initiative called Hometown Strong, includes partnering with local officials and community leaders in Enterprise, Guntersville, and Russellville, Alabama to identify investment projects where the company’s team members live and work.

“It is because of the great work being done in our hometowns that Pilgrim’s is able to provide high-quality chicken to families across our country,” said Fabio Sandri, interim president and CEO, Pilgrim’s. “Through this initiative, we’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with local leaders and our team members to determine how best to make meaningful and lasting impacts in our communities.”

“There is no doubt that COVID-19 has taken a toll on Alabamians, but because of strong partners like Pilgrim’s, we are bringing much-needed relief to communities around our state,” said Gov. Kay Ivey. “The Pilgrim’s Hometown Strong initiative is not only helping local communities respond to the ongoing pandemic, but it is also positioning us for a strong comeback and future. I am grateful for Alabama’s collaboration on this initiative and for the strong partner we have in Pilgrim’s. We will overcome this together.”