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As the result of donations from the company's businesses headquartered in Wichita, Kan. and supporting funds from its corporate headquarters, Cargill is investing in the Greater Wichita YMCA with a $1 million contribution toward its capital campaign funding a Community and Nutritional Coaching Center in the new $23 million Central Family YMCA in downtown. A $600,000 check was presented to the YMCA, with additional $100,000 payments scheduled each April from 2012 through 2015.
"The Greater Wichita YMCA provides important facilities and services that help families throughout the region improve and maintain their wellness through programs aimed at fitness, nutrition, day care and recreation," said Jody Horner, Cargill Meat Solutions president. "Many of those are Cargill families. The Greater Wichita YMCA and Cargill both have a lengthy heritage dating back more than a century and both invest in communities where they are located. We are proud to be associated with the Greater Wichita YMCA and look forward to the completion of its area-wide expansion efforts."
Cargill businesses employ more than 1,100 people in Wichita. In addition to special donations such as this one to the YMCA, the company's local Cargill Cares Council, in cooperation with the corporate matches received from its Minneapolis-based parent, donates approximately $1 million annually to organizations throughout the Wichita area that focus on health and nutrition, youth programs, education and environmental sustainability.