Tyson Foods Donates Nearly 700,000 Meals for Hunger Relief

September 23, 2019

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Tyson Foods Donates Nearly 700,000 Meals for Hunger Relief

Tyson Foods donated almost 170,000 pounds – nearly 700,000 meals (one meal = ¼ lb) – for Feeding America food banks and their partner agencies throughout Arkansas in honor of Hunger Action Month. The company has donated a total of 3.8 million pounds of product in its home state this year.

Food banks across the state will receive the following:

* River Valley Regional Food Bank in Fort Smith: 45,156 lb
* Northwest Arkansas Food Bank in Bethel Heights: 38,660 lb
* Food Bank of North Central Arkansas in Norfork: 35,180 lb
* Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock: 30,802 lb
* Harvest Regional Food Bank in Texarkana: 19,800 lb

“We are committed to addressing food insecurity in the communities we operate and proud to support our local hunger relief agencies,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “Protein is often the most difficult item for food banks to acquire and today’s donation will go a long way in ensuring our friends and neighbors throughout Arkansas won’t have to worry where their next meal will come from.”

In Arkansas, more than half a million people struggle with hunger and one in four are children.[1]

“Tyson Foods has played a critical role in our efforts to address hunger throughout the River Valley,” said Tracy Engel, director, River Valley Regional Food Bank. “The company’s grants have allowed us to expand our freezer capacity and the protein donations provide our clients with important nutrition they may not have otherwise.”

Tyson Foods employs more than 24,000 people in the state. The company also purchases poultry, cattle, pigs, grain, diesel, and other utilities in Arkansas and estimates its annual statewide economic impact at more than $2.1 billion.

[1] Data provided by Feeding America

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