Tyson Foods Funds Mobile Pantry Distributions in Cass, Howard and Miami Counties

Logansport, Ind. – Tyson Foods has announced a $47,000 donation to Food Finders Food Bank to help fund mobile food pantry distributions. This grant ensures that Food Finders is able to deliver fruit, vegetables and protein directly to people in need.

“Food Finders is grateful to Tyson Foods for its commitment to help the hungry in the counties that surround their Logansport plant,” said Katy Bunder, president and CEO of Food Finders. “The partnership between Food Finders and Tyson Foods will bring additional mobile pantries to the community.”

Food Finders Food Bank delivered 9 million pounds of food to 120 hunger relief agencies in the region last year.

This grant is expected to allow the mobile pantry to increase total number of meals by over 150,000 this year.
According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study, 10.7 percent, or 4,080 residents of Cass County are food insecure, 14.1 percent, or 11,660 residents of Howard County are food insecure and 13.6 percent, or 4,900 residents of Miami County are food insecure.

Food Finders Food Bank is still looking for sponsors for the Mobile Pantry Program for unfunded months in order to meet the need in Cass, Miami and Howard Counties.

“We’re proud to support Food Finders Food Bank and appreciate its dedication to providing hunger relief for Tyson Foods communities,” said Debra Vernon, senior director of corporate social responsibility for Tyson Foods. “From SNAP outreach to the mobile pantry, the food bank is addressing hunger in a variety of ways and this investment will help impact even more lives.”

Tyson Foods has three facilities in Indiana and employs more than 3,000 in the state, and more than 80 family farmers in the state grow chickens for its operations. The company also purchases cattle, pigs, grain, diesel and other utilities in Indiana and estimates its annual statewide economic impact at more than $619.2 million.

About Food Finders:
Since 1981, Food Finders Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, has worked to provide full service programs that meet the nutritional needs of thousands of hungry families in  North Central Indiana. The food bank operates programs to cost-effectively secure donated and purchased food, provide food to families in need, and educate the community about the efficient use of food resources. Food Finders distributes more than nine million pounds of food annually; throughout the 16 counties it serves. For more information or to make a donation, contact Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. at 765.471.0062 or visit www.foodfinders.org.