SOURCE: News release from Tyson Foods
Logansport, IN. – Tyson Foods in Logansport has announced a 34,000 pounds donation of protein, equivalent to 136,000* meals, to the Emmaus Mission Center. The donation marks more than one million meals donated by the company this year to the non-profit.
The Emmaus Mission Center is dedicated to assisting the poor to break out of poverty by providing them with job skill training, education and access to food, clothing and shelter. As a Tyson Community Pantry partner, the company provides truckloads of protein to Emmaus on a regular basis. With this recent donation, the company has now provided around 250,000 pounds of protein, or 1 million meals*, to the mission center in 2020.
The Emmaus Mission Center, located in Logansport, distributes over 1,200 food orders per month, providing food to local Cass County residents who are among the more than 41 million Americans who live in food-insecure households, according to Feeding America. As a result of donations Tyson has made to Emmaus, the center has been able to help local pantries in 19 other counties provide protein to the families they serve, providing the stability for these pantries to keep their doors open and provide to those who need it most.
“The support we’ve gotten from Tyson has been amazing. We’ve been fortunate over the years to never worry about having protein for our clients and we attribute that to the long-standing relationship with Tyson and their commitment to address food insecurity. It provides a sense of confidence to our clients that there will always be protein for them and their families,” Jason Mitchell, Executive Director of Emmaus Mission Center, said. “The trust that Tyson has in our ability to provide for our community really speaks volumes. Our aligned mission of providing for the community makes for a wonderful partnership and we are so grateful for that.”
Tyson’s Community Pantry Program is a best-in-class model for community food pantries and operates according to an established a set of guidelines for participation to ensure partner pantries are able to receive, store, handle, and distribute product donations. Partners must have sufficient operating hours to accommodate community demand, budget to sustain their facility for a three-year period, and sustainable staffing and volunteers.
It also serves to decrease costs associated with transporting excess product greater distances to regional food bank locations.
“We are deeply committed to relieving hunger in the U.S. and lending a helping hand to communities affected by food insecurity,” said Alex Beane, Logansport facility Chaplain. “As one of the largest employers in the area, Tyson is proud to support the work of Emmaus Mission Center through its contributions of protein products that will provide nutritious, quality food to the local community.”
Tyson Foods has donated more food over the past 12 months than ever in its 85-year history. The company donated a record 30 million pounds of protein, equivalent to 120 million meals, this year to fight hunger. The donations were part of nearly $75 million invested to support its team members and critical needs in local communities where the company operates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 40 million meals* went directly to team members working hard to feed the country
To learn more about the Tyson Foods Community Pantry Partner Program, please visit: www.tysonsustainability.com/community/hunger-relief
* One meal = ¼ pound protein
About Emmaus Mission Center
The Emmaus Mission Center is a Christian ministry dedicated to assisting the poor to break out of poverty by providing them with job skill training, education and access to food, clothing and shelter. We are a 501(c)3, non-profit, multi-denominational social service agency that was established to provide support for marginalized families and individuals. The pantry distributes over 1,200 food orders a month, giving out food to local Cass County residents who are among the 1 in 8 people in the U.S. who struggle to get enough to eat. The thrift store allows locals to shop at bargain prices and every dollar spent in the store goes directly towards programs and services that make a positive impact in the lives of people in the local community. The homeless shelter opened its doors February 26th, 2002 with sleeping rooms for twenty individuals. The Emmaus Mission staff provide residents with shelter, food, and clothing. A six-month program assists homeless individuals and families in finding employment, continuing education, obtaining permanent housing, improving life skills and solving individual crises. Visit www.logan-emmaus.org
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 141,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit WWW.TYSONFOODS.COM.