May 16, 2006


Tyson donates 6 million pounds of poultry to the needy



Tyson has just launched a three-year partnership with Second Harvest with a six million-pound donation of poultry.


Second Harvest is one of the largest food banks for poor people in the United States. The donation is one of the largest commitments of protein ever given in the fight against hunger in the United States.


The food behemoth also pledged at least 10 million pounds of protein over the next 3 years to America's Second Harvest's nationwide food bank network. The network consists of more than 200 food banks that provide food and grocery products to food distribution agencies.


The six-million pound donation would make a significant impact on the fight against hunger, according to Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of America's Second Harvest.


The group has distributed 4.4 million pounds of the donation to food banks across the country to serve working families, children at Kids Cafe programmes, senior citizens, the disabled, the homeless and victims of domestic violence.


John Tyson, CEO of Tyson Foods, said it is important to assure a ready supply of protein to people in critical need of nourishment, adding that the company hopes to continue making an impact where it can.


America's Second Harvest provides emergency hunger-relief services to an estimated 25.3 million people last year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. The network distributes 2 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually and supports more than 50,000 local charities.

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