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In an effort to help provide nourishment to Texas and Gulf Coast residents affected by the recent hurricanes, Tyson Foods, Inc. will supply more than 3.2 million meals via 26 truckloads of Tyson chicken and pork to restock food banks in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi during the coming days.
As a part of the company's ongoing commitment to hunger relief with Feeding America, formerly known as America's Second Harvest, Tyson team members have coordinated this caravan of goodwill. The first 15 of 26 tractor trailers left Arvest Ballpark Thursday in a convoy that, in total, will deliver more than 3.2 million meals for those in need.
"With increasing fuel prices and the adverse effects of the economy, times were already tough for many families," said Dick Bond, Tyson's president/c.e.o. "Food banks are short on supplies, and this is an area where we can help. Hunger relief is a top priority for Tyson; we're blessed to be able to help."
Food banks throughout Texas and the Gulf States are struggling to meet the needs of thousands of residents who have lost their homes or are displaced due to severe weather, most recently Hurricane Ike. Tyson trucks carrying the food donations will arrive in Texas over the next few days in Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, Odessa, San Antonio, Texarkana, Tyler, Victoria, Wichita Falls, as well as food banks in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Louisiana.
A leader in the fight against hunger, Tyson's latest donation brings the amount of food it's donated for disaster relief in 2008 to more than 1.5 million pounds, the equivalent of more than 6 million meals.