In 2012, we partnered with The National Urban League for a special hunger relief initiative in Mississippi. Led by our Vicksburg production plant, all four of our primary locations in Mississippi – including Forest, Magee and Carthage – teamed up to help.
Mississippi leads the nation in food insecurity, despite the Mississippi Food Network’s great efforts to alleviate the problem. So the Urban League-Tyson Foods Hunger Project Mississippi was born out of the desire to increase awareness about hunger where knowledge was needed most.
Together the partners and food bank conducted several food donations, two nutrition and exercise fairs, and worked to expand the network’s affiliate base. More than 60 community organizations and 800 participants contributed to the fairs alone. The initiative also included a KNOW Hunger SNAP Challenge workshop, designed to help people understand what it’s like to live on a modest food budget.
The result was wide media attention and the proliferation of a number of Mississippi-based action groups focused on improving nutrition and hunger rates.
Our Cumming, Georgia, production facility works with local environmental groups such as Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, Master Gardeners, and Reaping Nature to do educational outreach. One of many successful projects includes a composting bin program for local schools. Tyson Foods of Cumming builds bins that may be used as a study aid for several different subjects.
Randy Payne, the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager at Tyson Foods of Cumming, said the whole school may throw their left over apple cores, lettuce and banana peels in the compost piles. Then fourth graders stir and maintain the bins while fifth graders design a business model on how to use compost for school beautification.
Other outreach programs have included demonstrations on proper water treatment and filtration, experiential nature outings with the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, and a variety of community beautification projects