Big Brothers Big Sisters receives tour, donation from ADM


DECATUR–  A group of Decatur kids found out Tuesday that ADM does a whole lot more than process soybeans.

A handful of kids in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois program joined their ‘bigs’ from ADM for a tour of the food labs Tuesday afternoon to get a behind the scenes look at some of the other careers the agribusiness company offers.

“I’ve been doing this for many years and it never ceases to make me smile when I see the looks on these kids faces when we show them the food labs and the giant ovens and things like that,” ADM employee and former Big Brother of the Year Mark Floerke said. “I think it’s important for these young people to be able to see that they can get a good career right here at home and to show them that ADM is much more than just farming or soybeans.”

Following the tour, Amber Kauffman with ADM Cares announced that the company would be donating $100,000 to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois. Brittin Haury, with Big Brothers Big Sisters says the money will go towards plugging some funding gaps and allowing the program to expand some of their opportunities and allow them to expand their reach.

Haury says the Big Brothers Big Sisters program currently has 250 families that they service on a regular basis with an additional 80 on a waiting list to get on.

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