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Quality Circle: Community
Seaboard Foods is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate – and in which our employees live, play and raise their families. We strive to be good neighbors, not only by responsibly reducing the environmental impact of our operations, but also by actively engaging in funding and supporting many cultural, community and charitable efforts in our communities.
We like to say that, at Seaboard Foods, we're a big company with a family feel, largely due to our strong community ties. As a company, we encourage action by our employees. Our employees in Guymon, Okla., for example, sit on the board of the local Chamber of Commerce Social Services committee, as well as on the local junior college foundation board, focusing on broadening vocational education programs to support residents in their quest for training opportunities. Many of our team members across the country serve as youth sports team coaches, on local school boards, as civic and religious group volunteers, as city council representatives and on economic development boards.
Our employees and their families work hard, so we think they should be able to relax with their family and friends after hours. We do our part by contributing financially to community festivals and culture and art programs in the communities in which we operate, including events such as: "Fiesta Day," "Azuma: An African Celebration" and "Pioneer Days."
We are committed to the betterment of the communities in which we do business. From supporting high school sports teams and fire departments, to contributing product to food pantries and donating fertilizer to local sports fields and parks, we understand the importance of civic involvement. We support many community organizations through financial and in-kind contributions, including: American Cancer Society Relay For Life, City Union Mission Golf Classic, Catholic Charities Tornado Relief Funds, Guymon Pioneer Days, Guymon YMCA, Kansas State Fair Grand Drive Reserve Champion Hog, Leoti School District , Oklahoma FFA Foundation State Officer Scholarship, Oklahoma State University Swine Education & Research Center, Oklahoma Youth Expo, Operation BBQ Rescue, Panhandle Area Sheltered Workshop and Ronald McDonald House, among others.
Continuous learning is key to what we do at Seaboard Foods. For that reason, we're committed to supporting and providing educational opportunities to our employees, their families and members of our communities. We support:
A Technical Career Scholarship Program to encourage and support students studying for a technical career. Seaboard Foods has partnered with community colleges in the region to award $1,000 academic scholarships.
The Partnering with Educators program to show local high school teachers, administrators and technical school leaders how Seaboard Foods is doing better by knowing better. Educators tour the feed mill, a finisher farm, the biodiesel plant and the Guymon pork processing plant to gain real-world application to support their curriculum and a better understanding of how Seaboard Foods can support students throughout their educational and post-education paths.
Investment in youth agriculture education through livestock sales, volunteering and speaking engagements by our executive leadership to local 4-H groups.
Compressed natural gas safety training courses for more than 74 local first responders in Guymon, Oklahoma. As Seaboard Foods transitions to new CNG-powered fleets and farm trucks, it's essential for local first responders to be trained for emergencies relating to CNG-powered vehicles, especially since CNG-powered vehicles are not prevalent on today's roads.