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Scholarships & Awards

Better Carolina Award and Better Delmarva Award

The Mountaire Better Awards are monthly awards designed to highlight individuals, businesses, organizations or classrooms who are going above and beyond to assist others in their community or to improve/protect the environment. Each month a winner is chosen by a Mountaire selection committee from submitted nominations.

Each winner receives a crystal engraved trophy. The Better Carolina Award winner is highlighted in print with the Fayetteville Observer Newspaper and on www.mountaire.com. The Better Delmarva Award winner is highlighted on a WMDT-TV commercial, on select WMDT web features and on www.mountaire.com.

Our goal is not only to recognize those who are already making a difference in the state of North Carolina and on the Delmarva Peninsula, but to encourage others to take on a greater role in bettering their local communities or improving the local environment. Anyone who is volunteering at community events, performing wonders in a local hospital, teaching in a classroom, helping the homeless, or something as simple as cleaning up the trash along our roadways can be a candidate for this award.

Please use the form below to nominate someone for the Mountaire Better Award. We also encourage you to send photos of the nominee in action.

 Scholar Athlete Award

Our local communities have many outstanding young individuals that Mountaire feels are an inspiration to the rest of us. By calling attention to their hard work, commitment to excellence, and team leadership Mountaire Farms joined together with two news outlets – WBOC-TV, DE and Civitas Media Group, NC to create a unique program that highlights and honors outstanding student athletes on Delmarva and in the North Carolina counties of Robeson, Scotland and Bladen. Each month, this award recognizes a male/female athlete in his/her senior year who carries a “B” average or higher and is recognized by their coaches for outstanding sportsmanship and performance in athletic competition.

Please use the form below to nominate someone for the Scholar Athlete Award.

 Thanksgiving for Thousands

Mountaire’s Thanksgiving for Thousands began over twenty years ago when Mountaire and members at the Dagsboro Church of God developed a new format to help feed those Delmarva residents in need around the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The goal being to get away from the traditional table-served meals made available at area shelters and provide a means to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner in the traditional sense from the privacy of home.  Individuals or families in our Delmarva Community who reach out for help through requests to food banks, churches and governmental agencies can receive a Thanksgiving for Thousands box filled with the staple foods needed to prepare a meal for the entire household. Each box will contain a plump Mountaire roaster, can of corn, beans, yams, gravy, stuffing and a box of brownie mix.  Our belief is that by selecting a nutritious array of staple food and a bird, recipients may cook the meal from home to their own culture and taste. In 2015 the program helped feed over 35,000 individuals across Delmarva.

“Feed-A-Family” campaign:  Thanks to Mountaire’s partnership with the Delaware Community Foundation you can donate $10 or more to the Mountaire Thanksgiving for Thousands Fund and help us feed another family in need this holiday season.  Each $10 donation creates another meal box from the program.

To donate via credit card or check please click here!

Chickin’ Pickin’ Championship

The Mountaire Chickin’ Pickin’ Championship is a contest of speed, skill and strategy designed to determine the fastest chicken picker on the Peninsula.  Competitors have 5 minutes to pick and shred as much cooked meat from our oven roasted chickens as possible.  The 2 hour event features twenty contestants who square off five at a time through four preliminary heats, with the winner of each heat moving onto the championship round. These twenty competitors have unlimited cooked ‘birds available to them throughout the 5 minute rounds, however they must pick and shred all the meat and skin from each 5 lbs roaster before they can move onto a new bird.  Contest judges are on stage to determine when a bird is deemed completely picked to the bone and a contestant can move to the next one.  Each competitor places all the picked meat in a meat tray, which is then weighed at the rounds end to determine who moves onto the finals for a chance to win the $500 in prize money and claim the title of Mountaire Chickin’ Pickin’ Champion!

Scholarship Programs

Mountaire Farms is pleased to offer college-bound children/grandchildren of our employees, growers and grain producers the opportunity to receive scholarships of $2,500 each. Preference will be given to a course of study applicable to agriculture or related industry.

This is an outstanding way to recognize our young people and provide assistance in achieving their educational goals.


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