Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation announced on Tuesday (Dec. 8) it is contributing $50,000 to the Town of Marshville to build an outdoor fitness area that will be free for the community. The outdoor fitness center will be linked to the Carolina Thread Trail and is expected to be complete in March 2021.

In August, Pilgrim’s Pride announced a $380,000 investment in Marshville, to support the community’s future through the company’s Hometown Strong program. Pilgrim’s worked with local leaders to determine where the funds could best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs.

Additionally, Pilgrim’s is donating $35,000 to Marshville Elementary School to support access to technology tools and digital learning, including Interactive Smart Board panels for classrooms to improve digital learning capabilities.

Lastly, the company is contributing $35,000 to East Union Middle School to support access to technology tools and digital learning, including portable monitors for teachers and access to Sora, an online digital library that provides students access to audio and e-books from school or home.

“We are excited to announce these important investments that we believe will provide critical support to our local schools and improve the quality of life in Marshville,” said Micah Abernathy, Pilgrim’s Marshville Complex Manager, in a statement. “The fitness center will also allow community members to enjoy a new outdoor recreation area. We are grateful for our partners in bringing these projects to fruition.”