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Advancement in Arkansas

Home to our company’s humble beginnings, the state of Arkansas holds the largest concentration of Tyson Foods plant communities. Community engagement is championed at all our locations, including the World Headquarters office. In 2013, Tyson Foods invited Arkansas state lawmakers and community leaders to participate in a KNOW Hunger Challenge in Springdale. The event, hosted in partnership with Elanco, challenged lawmakers to feed a family of four with $100 for seven days by utilizing the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) standards.

 

Representatives from Tyson Foods, Elanco, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Arkansas Department of Human Resources, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital judged participants on budget, creativity, and nutritional value of the products they selected. Participants included Arkansas state representatives and officials from the Department of Agriculture, Governor Mike Beebe’s office, Ag Council of Arkansas, Chamber of Commerce, congressional offices, and Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Food purchased during the event was donated to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.

 

Tyson Foods is also an annual sponsor of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance’s Serving Up Solutions dinner at The Governor’s Mansion. The event is a silent auction, live auction, and full-course dinner prepared by local chefs. Dinner is served by Arkansas Legislative Hunger Caucus members, First Lady Ginger Beebe, lobbyists and sponsors.

 

The beginning of the school year marks a busy time for every community. Each year, our Clarksville, Arkansas, Team Members have donated approximately 250 items to help families in the Westside School District to get a jump on school supplies in hopes of giving the kids a good start to a great school year. This year, supplies were distributed at the Coal Hill City Park during the “Back to School Bash” in August.

 

Recognizing the hard work of teachers, Team Members at our Tyson Distribution Center in Rogers, Arkansas, have served lunch to teachers from the local school district at Westside Elementary School. Members of our A-shift management team were honored to show teachers appreciation for all they do to help local school children learn, grow and become successful adults.

 

Our Grannis-Broken Bow complex, with facilities in Grannis, Arkansas, and Broken Bow, Oklahoma, is a long-time supporter of the Polk County 4H Pullet Chain. In 2014, the complex contributed funds for start-up costs of soccer programs at the Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas in De Queen. The complex is also a supporter of the university’s rodeo program.

 

On behalf of the Grannis plant, the complex also donated to the 2014 Sevier Country Relay for Life campaign to help the American Cancer Society. As a part of Earth Day recognition, Team Members from the location also picked up trash and cleaned ditches on sections of U.S. Hwy 71, one mile north and one mile south of the Grannis plant.

 

The Grannis-Broken Bow complex also helped enhance the learning adventures of the De Queen, Arkansas, Middle School Science Club who took an educational field trip to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, this past spring. To assist them with their travels, the complex donated 100 Tyson® branded tote bags for the students to carry their belongings and treated the group to a pizza meal which the students ate at the Oklahoma City Science Museum. Other stops for the students included the local zoo, Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial and Frontier City Amusement Park.

 

We realize that youth development happens inside and outside the classroom, year round. Thanks to the involvement of our Team Members in Dardanelle and Russellville, Arkansas, Tyson Foods was selected as the Corporate Sponsor of the Year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley and earned the 2014 Outstanding Community Support award from the Russellville Boys & Girls Club.

In Central Arkansas,

 

Team Members from our North Little Rock, Arkansas, location are active volunteers with the Arkansas Food Bank’s hunger relief efforts including its Annual Cereal Drive. Each year, the team takes pride in serving food to hundreds of patrons at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce's Taste of the Town, in which proceeds support the Chamber’s educational programs.

 

Tyson Foods Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is actively involved in education at local schools and colleges. The complex works closely with University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Monticello campuses, and Southeast Arkansas College to recruit students for internship and maintenance training opportunities at the facility.

 

In partnership with the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson County Manufacturing Council, we helped fund a video entitled “Building a career in manufacturing – Some assembly required” to better equip young adults entering the workforce with knowledge of opportunities.

 

Team Members at our Van Buren, Arkansas, facility have provided coats for children in the community since 2007. In 2013, Team Members raised nearly $6,400 to buy new coats for children in need that season. The counselors at the schools work with our plant to insure that kids who truly need the coats receive them. Thanks to the generous donations of the Team Members, 108 students in five local elementary schools and two local middle schools were warmer during the winter months.

 

Green in Georgia

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.

 

 

Interactive in Iowa

Our Louisa County, Iowa, plant has an ongoing, interactive partnership with three local school districts: Columbus, Wapello and Louisa-Muscatine.

These relationships have flourished because Tyson Foods enables Team Members to participate in a variety of ways like the Reading to Students program. The facility also hosts teachers’ tours through the plant, posts multi-lingual parent-teach conference reminders, and holds quarterly receptions for school administrators and faculty to be able to meet and greet our Team Members with children in the local schools.

We even have Team Members who hold school board positions. In addition to the partnership, the plant also believes in giving back to the school district through fundraisers and sponsorships such as the Back to School Bash, Teachers Breakfast, Teachers Annual Dinner, Wapello Future Farmers of America (FFA) Rodeo, Columbus FFA, Alumni FFA and the Columbus Athletic Boosters.

In 2012, the Louisa County plant became an Honorary Degree Holder with the FFA for sponsorship and supporting the Columbus FFA Chapter.

 

Take-Charge in Texas

Team Members at our Sherman, Texas Case Ready location seek ways to make the holidays special for youth each year. In 2013, the facility collected new unwrapped toys and cash donations for 101 adopted angels in the Grayson County area. In addition, 750 families from the area benefited from the plant donation of chicken thighs – the protein source for the food baskets handed out to the Angel Tree recipients and their families.

 

For the past several years, our Team Members have helped the Sherman Police Department give 3,000 kids a fun-filled Halloween during the community’s Fright Fest at the Sherman Municipal Building.

 

In 2013, the Sherman team donated approximately 475 pounds of ground beef to Grand Central Station Soup Kitchen. Team Members from the facility also donated and cooked more than 400 hamburgers for a 2013 Special Olympics event at the city’s Fairview Park.

 

The Sherman location actively raises funds for cancer research in its support of American Cancer Society. Their efforts include recent Relay for Life® participation where 50 Team Members and family members volunteered to cook food donated by Tyson Foods and served as concession-stand workers. The tremendous efforts from our Sherman Team Members made them the top team in the event for the sixth year in a row.

 

Tyson Foods of Sherman received a 2013 Patriot Award from the local representative of the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The award acknowledges the complex for their support of Team Members serving in the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve which is a model of our Core Values at Tyson Foods.

 

ESGR, a Department of Defense operational committee, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.

 

 

Willing in Washington

The Pasco, Washington team received a 2013 Community Service Award from the Association of Washington Business for their active role in giving back. The team also earned the “Rising Star” award at their local Relay for Life® event in 2013 for their fundraising efforts. This was the second year that our Pasco plant has participated in the American Cancer Society event.

 

The Pasco facility is deeply involved with the local Second Harvest Food Bank, where Team Members serve as volunteers to help with the sorting of foods, gleaning of products, local food drives and raising awareness about hunger. Moreover, the Pasco facility has donated more than 60,000 pounds of food over the past five years and has been a strong supporter of the Second Harvest’s annual fund raiser, “Taking a Bite Out of Hunger.”

 

Historically, Pasco has provided monetary donations and volunteer time to assist in the classroom setting of the local Junior Achievement program. To support adult continuing education, Pasco partnered with Walla Walla Community College to develop an in-house learning center. The center offers classes such as English as a Second Language and Computer Literacy. 

 

Over the last two years, the Pasco facility has purchased four head of show cattle to support the local 4H and to offer 4H members a head start on their college tuition. The facility also has a Team Member that is actively involved in coaching 4H members in the showing of cattle.

 

Beyond Team Member donations to the United Way of Benton and Franklin counties, Pasco is a contributor to the Boys and Girls Club in the area. During the summer, Team Members serve and cook hamburgers for the Club’s end of the year picnic. 

 

The Pasco facility is active in local events such as the Cinco de Mayo Parade and local Juneteenth Parade. The facility supports annual fundraising for the Bishop Blind Foundation, Meadowlands Speech Therapy Community Camps, 4-H Camps, Future Farmers of America, and a number of other local school initiatives. The facility is also very involved with the Washington Cattleman’s Association.