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Tyson Foods is Active in Plant Communities

 

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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.

 

Optimized in Oklahoma

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.

 

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.