More than half of a $5 million commitment that meat processor JBS USA has made to three Iowa communities in which it operates plants will go to Marshalltown, the company announced. JBS said it will donate $2.7 million through its Hometown Strong initiative to help Marshalltown respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future. In a press release, JBS said it is working with local leaders to identify where the funds can best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs. All projects will be determined by the end of the year. “We are proud to be part of the Marshalltown community, and we recognize our responsibility to do more than just produce food during this critical time in our country,” said Todd Carl, general manager of JBS Marshalltown. “We want to partner closely with the community to make meaningful and lasting investments that will benefit our team members, their families and our neighbors now and in the future.” In May, a JBS worker who was within one week of retiring died after acquiring COVID-19, which his family attributed to lack of adequate safety measures at the Marshalltown plant. JBS also plans contributions to Ottumwa and Council Bluffs.