17 non­prof­its, 9 in state, get Tyson gifts

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

Tyson Foods Inc. is do­nat­ing nearly $400,000 to 17 non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in 10 states, with about half the money go­ing to Arkansas-based groups.

The Spring­dale-based com­pany is award­ing $195,748 to nine Arkansas non­prof­its, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity foun­da­tions, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices.

Tyson’s ef­forts are cen­tered on build­ing health­ier com­mu­ni­ties, ad­dress­ing food in­se­cu­rity, and help­ing com­pany work­ers na­tion­wide, Tyson spokesman Derek Burleson said.

The largest sin­gle do­na­tion — $46,660 — went to Tyson’s Up­ward Acad­emy pro­gram, part of the Ozark Lit­er­acy Coun­cil, which caters to im­mi­grant plant work­ers who are not flu­ent in English.

Other or­ga­ni­za­tions that re­ceived more than $20,000 in do­na­tions, in­clud­ing two fam­ily shel­ters in North­west Arkansas, in­clude the House of Hope Res­cue Mis­sion in Spring­dale, for feed­ing and as­sist­ing the home­less, and the Peace at Home Fam­ily Shel­ter in Fayet­teville, for Tyson chap­lain train­ing to man­age do­mes­tic abuse re­lated to em­ploy­ees.

Grants to­tal­ing $43,500 were given to the Rogers, Spring­dale and Clarksville school districts, which will use the money for train­ing pro­grams, class­room en­rich­ment and en­roll­ment sup­port for se­lect stu­dents.

Out­side of the state, Tyson do­nated $25,000 to a Catholic Char­i­ties food pantry in Omaha, Neb., and $23,500 to a food bank in Nashville, Tenn.

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