RAGBRAI Day 4–Indianola

Here in the heart of the breadbasket of the world–an area that feeds people all over the planet–there’s hunger.

More than 340,000 people in Iowa at risk of hunger.  Do you know the statistics for your state?  They’d probably surprise you.  You can find them on Feeding America’s website.

Today the team from Perry, Iowa worked very hard in Indianola on a day that went from rain to shine.

To view photos from this year’s Tyson RAGBRAI activities, go here.


RAGBRAI-Day 3–Villisca–One small step

By Ed Nicholson

The day began early today, as the core RAGBRAI team headed out for Villisca at 4:30 A.M. to meet folks from Council Bluffs and Omaha at 6:00.  The profits from today’s food sales went to the Churches Intercouncil Food Bank of Villasca. 

I got started a little bit later, staying back to post some stuff here.  As I was driving into the Iowa sunrise, I was reminded by NPR that 40 years ago today, man first set foot on the moon.

I’m old enough to remember it well, having been in front of the TV with the family as Walter Cronkite (RIP, Walter) exclaimed, "Man on the moon! Oh boy!" It was an event surrounded by wonder and hope: If we could accomplish this, it was going to be a marvelous future.

And there have indeed been some wonderous advancements. The fact that you’re reading this on a communications channel that didn’t exist back then is evidence. 

But the sad fact is, there are still a billion people on this planet, many of whom are dying, without adequate nourishment.  If we can figure out how to put a man on the moon, surely we can figure out how to feed the world’s population.

I’m awfully proud of the team I worked with today, who at least made one small step in that direction. 

For a complete collection of photos from our week at RAGBRAI, go here.

RAGBRAI ’09–Day 2–Henderson

By Ed Nicholson

Day two of the 2009 Tyson RAGBRAI efforts.  Day two that team members from our Council Bluffs and Omaha plants came out to prepare and sell food.

I’ll be making the point all week: If you want to see into the heart of a company, don’t look in the boardroom.  Look at the people who make it happen every day.  There are a few in the video above.  Again, I’m humbled to be among their company.

We’re catching people as they’re in line (or on line, if you’re not from the South) and asking them to take a short survey about hunger.  So far, we have about 500 surveys completed, and hope to get to 1000 by the end of the week.  We’ll fill you in once we have time to catch our breath, but a preliminary look indicates we all have some work to do in creating awareness.  We all need to be talking a little bit more.