Seaboard Foods Honored With American Meat Institute Edward C. Jones Community Service AwardThursday, April 14, 2011
CHICAGO, Ill. – Seaboard Foods today was awarded the American Meat Institute’s (AMI) Edward C. Jones Community Service Award during the 2011 AMI Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention and Exposition in Chicago, Ill.
In presenting the award, AMI Chairman Dennis Vignieri, president of Kenosha Beef International, called Seaboard’s generosity “wide-ranging.”
The company donated $450,000 over 10 years to the Leoti, Kansas, school system to provide technology to improve education. The company also donated $100,000 to the Oklahoma State University Swine Education and Research Center. Guymon, Oklahoma — one of Seaboard’s plant communities — benefited from a $100,000 donation to build a new YMCA and Seiling, Oklahoma, has new trees around the city thanks to Seaboard.
Seaboard Foods has also supported Ronald McDonald House, the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and the Chester, Oklahoma, Historical Society, which replaced old playground equipment in their park thanks to Seaboard’s support.
“Seaboard encourages employees to get involved in civic organizations such as local school boards, city councils and economic development boards. And its president Rod Brenneman leads by example,” Vignieri said.
Seaboard’s commitment to the community starts at the top. Seaboard’s President and Chief Executive Officer Rod Brenneman and his wife, Shelley, have travelled on mission trips with their church where they have participated in community development projects. Closer to home, following a devastating tornado in Greensburg, Kansas, that destroyed the town’s high school just prior to graduation, the Brennemans traveled to Greensburg where their team had towed a cooker and served pork burgers and pork loins for the school’s graduation celebration.
The award is named in honor of former AMI Board member, the late Edward C. Jones of Jones Dairy Farm, in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, who was a model of community service.
AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI’s members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry.
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