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.
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.
In the past two years, Tyson Foods Broken Bow (Okla.) has donated more than 36,000 pounds of protein to local food pantries, youth centers, senior citizen centers, and nursing homes in McCurtain County.
Tyson Foods Grannis-Broken Bow complex earned a Partnership Award from Broken Bow Main Street organization during their 2013 Awards Banquet. The complex donates and cooks protein for the event each year and actively works to support the organization.
The Grannis-Broken Bow complex is proud to support education in their local communities. The facility assisted Rector Johnson Middle School in Broken Bow as they began preparing students for their Annual State Mandated Testing. Each of the 330 students received a Tyson gift bag containing school supplies and snacks donated from area businesses.
Team Members from the Tyson Foods Grannis-Broken Bow complex actively support 4H programs in the region and encourage involvement in agricultural activities for young people in towns and surrounding areas.
This complex is also a proud supporter of local colleges, including a 2014 monetary donation to the Golf Classic program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University - McCurtain County Campus. The complex recently awarded a $1,000 Tyson Foods Grower Scholarship for a local student to pursue a degree at Eastern Oklahoma State College.
Tyson Foods Broken Bow was pleased to assist the Idabel Kiwanis Club in support of their 2014 scholarship fundraiser. The money raised from this year's Pancake Day will be used to award scholarships, help buy books and purchase needed equipment for area schools.