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After donating 100 million pounds of food over the past 15 years, Tyson Foods Inc. is making a new commitment to hunger relief by pledging $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years to combat hunger, with a special focus on innovative initiatives at the local level.
This commitment builds on Tyson’s long partnership with hunger relief organizations, including Share Our Strength, Feeding America, and the Food Research and Action Center.
“We know we can’t solve hunger alone,” said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “It’s the organizations and heroes in communities all over the country who are doing the real work. We’re proud to support those who are fighting hunger across the country and shine a spotlight on individuals making a big difference in innovative ways.”
As part of its five-year commitment, Tyson will recognize individuals on the frontlines of fighting hunger in their communities, like Lola Stephens-Bell of Austin, Texas. In a recent documentary-style film, Tyson follows Lola through her weekly routine: running her restaurant where she also serves free meals out the back door, and closing the restaurant four days per week to drive meals to underserved people in Austin.
“We want to tell the stories of people like Lola, people doing extraordinary things where they live and work,” said Smith. “Lola herself has faced hunger and homelessness in the past, and she knows the struggle of feeding a family firsthand. Her hard work helps us realize that hunger faces many of our friends and neighbors, and inspires us to take action.”
15 Years in the Making
A longtime champion of efforts to end hunger, this year marks the 15th anniversary of Tyson’s support through its KNOW Hunger initiative.
Tyson's latest anti-hunger commitment comes on the heels of another milestone in the fight against hunger. Since 2000, Tyson has donated more than 100 million pounds of food to hunger organizations across the U.S. To help reach this milestone, this summer Tyson delivered 50 truckloads of food (more than 2 million pounds) to hunger nonprofits across the nation – the company’s largest single in-kind donation to date.
With headquarters in Springdale, Ark., Tyson Foods Inc. is one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands such as its namesake, as well as Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells and State Fair.