Partner Spotlight: The J.M. Smucker Co.

The AI Education Project is proud to highlight our biggest supporter in Ohio — The J.M. Smucker Company.

Smucker provided a significant program grant to help us expand our reach across Ohio. Their funding was instrumental in helping us quickly adapt to the new normal during the COVID-19 crisis, and their team has gone out of their way to connect us with leaders in the Ohio education community who share our mission of helping prepare students for the Future of Work.

If you open your fridge or pantry, there’s a 90% chance you’ll find one or more products made by The J.M. Smucker Company. Though widely known for their popular fruit spreads, Smucker is a leading consumer packaged goods company with a constellation of supermarket brands in the consumer foods, coffee and pet food and treats sectors. These include iconic products like Folgers®, Jif® and Milk-Bone® plus new favorites like Café Bustelo®, Smucker’s® Uncrustables® and Rachael Ray® Nutrish®.

At first glance, a company like Smucker might seem to be an unlikely partner for a tech non-profit, but we believe it is critical for organizations outside the tech community to play a leadership role in preparing Americans for the future of work. After all, companies like Smucker deploy sophisticated algorithms to manage their sprawling logistical operations (especially important during the supply chain stresses brought on by the coronavirus pandemic).

“At Smucker, we understand the important role technology plays in our society, especially in the education and business environments,” said Bryan Hutson, Vice President of Information Services at Smucker, and a member of the AI Education Project’s advisory team. “We’re proud to support the AI Education Project and their goal to make AI accessible to students and teachers everywhere.”

The J.M. Smucker Company is widely respected in Ohio, with a robust philanthropic program that focuses on important topics impacting our communities. In the past year, the company committed $1 million to support I PROMISE School’s Hometown Hall, a space for students to learn and play and for the school’s families to gather, connect and share meals. They committed $500,000 to Akron Children’s Hospital’s Reach Out and Read™ program, which encourages literacy by providing books to children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. In addition, the company presented more than $1 million to the United Way and Red Cross to support their national relief efforts in a time when so many are in need of assistance.

We’re glad to have Smucker as part of our growing network of partners, and very much look forward to doing more good work together across the state of Ohio.

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