Tyson Foods awards $60,000 grant to support hunger relief, surpasses 500,000 pounds of protein donated to local food bank

Last Updated on June 3, 2021 by Tyson Foods, Inc.

SPRINGDALE, Ark., – Tyson Foods is providing Food Finders Food Bank $60,000 to support hunger relief in the Logansport area, the company announced today. This grant will directly benefit Food Finders Food Bank mobile pantry that will bring nutritious food directly to those who need it most.

“It has been so wonderful to partner with Tyson over the past few years,” said Kier Crites, Chief Engagement Officer, Food Finders Food Bank. “The support they have provided us and dedication to improving access to nutritious quality protein has been nothing short of incredible.”

The grant is a part of a national $1.5 million program by Tyson Foods that has provided 26 grants to hunger relief organizations that support 38 Tyson plant communities in 15 states. The investments represent approximately four million pounds of food or the equivalent of 16 million servings of protein that will be distributed to address food insecurity.

This news comes as the Tyson Logansport facility celebrates a milestone, hitting the half-million mark in the pounds of food donated to the Emmaus Mission Center. In the last 18 months, the Emmaus Mission Center’s food pantry has grown from being the distribution point for five nearby food pantries to serving 43 pantries in 17 neighboring counties. 

“Feeding America projects that 42 million people (1 in 8), including 13 million children (1 in 6), may experience food insecurity in 2021,” said Garrett Dolan, senior manager, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “At Tyson, we’re honored to do our part to reduce food insecurity in the communities around the country that our team members live and work.”

The grants were awarded nationally in response to requests for proposals by food banks and hunger relief organizations seeking to improve the efficiency of their operations or provide support for urgent feeding programs.

Other organizations Tyson Foods supported with these grants include:

  • Arkansas
    • Delta Regional Community Service Outreach Network
    • Samaritan House Community Center
    • River Valley Food Kids
    • Arkansas Food Bank
    • Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
    • Harvest Texarkana
  • California
    • Alameda County Community Food Bank
  • Florida
    • Regional Food Bank of Northeast Florida
  • Georgia
    • YMCA Rome
  • Illinois
    • Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Indiana
    • Second Harvest Food Bank East Central Indiana
    • Food Finders Food Bank
  • Iowa
    • Food Bank of Iowa
    • Northeast Iowa Food Bank
  • Kansas
    • Kansas Food Bank
  • Kentucky
    • Freestore Food Bank
  • Mississippi
    • Mississippi Food Network
  • Missouri
    • Second Harvest Community Food Bank
    • Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri
    • Southeast Missouri Food Bank
  • Nebraska
    • Foodbank for the Heartland
  • North Carolina
    • Second Harvest Food Bank Northwest North Carolina
    • Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
  • Tennessee
    • Second Harvest Food Bank Middle Tennessee
    • Mid-South Food Bank
  • Virginia
    • Food Bank Southeastern Virginia

About Tyson Foods   Tyson Foods, Inc., (NYSE: TSN) 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, United States, the company has 139,000 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 

SOURCE: News release from Tyson Foods, Inc.