September 29, 2020
Tyson Foods donates record amount of protein
Tyson Foods, Inc. has donated more food over the past year than ever in its 85-year history, the company reported on September 28.
More than 30 million pounds, or the equivalent of 120 million meals, were donated by the company during the last 12 months to fight hunger.
The food donations were part of more than US$75 million the company invested to fulfil its commitment to address hunger insecurity, support its team members and improve the quality of life in the communities where it operates.
Tyson Foods' COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund distributed grants and food donations to nonprofit organisations working to help people in plant communities across the United States. The company has also provided US$6 million in financial assistance through its Helping Hands programme directly to team members in need during the pandemic.
"Our company is proud to play a critical role in feeding the nation during this challenging time, and we recognise the importance of supporting our team members, their families and our plant communities," said John R. Tyson, chief sustainability officer of Tyson Foods. "We've focused resources where we can generate the most impact and support organisations doing heroic work at the local level."
The company provided nearly 20 million meals to Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, and its network of hundreds of community partners across the US. Feed the Children and Tyson Foods have partnered for 18 years to provide protein to families, food banks, churches and community pantries.
"At Feed the Children, we work hard every day to ensure that as needs rise, children and their families continue to receive critical food and other resources," said Bob Thomas, chief corporate and external relations officer of Feed the Children. "We understand that 2020 has been a difficult year for many families and we are thankful to our partners at Tyson Foods for their generous gifts. High-quality protein is so important for growing children and families and this has allowed us to provide nutritious food to millions across the country."
Tyson Foods has donated more than 30 million pounds of protein, valued at more than US$65 million this year, and expanded hunger relief efforts to include product donations to the Tyson Community Pantry Program for local solutions to hunger.
A grant to Open Door Service Center in Sedalia, Missouri, helped feed a community where one in five children go to bed hungry. Product donations from the local Tyson plant have also made an impact.
"Between our soup kitchen and food pantry, we distribute an average of nearly 114,000 pounds of food per month," said Jennifer Taylor, director of development of Open Door Service Center. "Storage and management of this quantity would not be possible without Tyson's grant, nor would we have the large quantity like this without Tyson's donations."
Two grants were awarded to The Bridge of Storm Lake (Iowa) to address hunger relief and youth support services.
"The support from Tyson Foods included 218,000 pounds of protein donated since November 2019 and 165,000 pounds since March 2020," said Shelly Rock, executive director and youth advocate at The Bridge of Storm Lake. "Our youth programmes have been able to adapt in new and creative ways through the pandemic with the help of the sustainability grant. Over 90% of the youth we work with have a family connection to Tyson. We are grateful to be able to partner with Tyson to connect, support and empower youth (and their families) in the community of Storm Lake, Iowa."
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