SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) — Tyson Foods will donate almost 170,000 pounds, equaling about 700,000 meals, to Feeding America food banks and their partner agencies throughout Arkansas.
The donation is in honor of Hunger Action Month and so far this year, the company has donated a total of 3.8 million pounds of food in its home state of Arkansas.
According to data from Feeding America, in Arkansas, more than half a million people struggle with hunger, and one in four are children.
Food banks across the state will receive the following donations:
- River Valley Regional Food Bank in Fort Smith – 45,156 lbs.
- Northwest Arkansas Food Bank in Bethel Heights – 38,660 lbs.
- Food Bank of North Central Arkansas in Norfork – 35,180 lbs.
- Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock – 30,802 lbs.
- Harvest Regional Food Bank in Texarkana – 19,800 lbs.
“We are committed to addressing food insecurity in the communities we operate and proud to support our local hunger relief agencies,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “Protein is often the most difficult item for food banks to acquire and today’s donation will go a long way in ensuring our friends and neighbors throughout Arkansas won’t have to worry where their next meal will come from.”
“Tyson Foods has played a critical role in our efforts to address hunger throughout the River Valley,” said Tracy Engel, director, River Valley Regional Food Bank. “The company’s grants have allowed us to expand our freezer capacity and the protein donations provide our clients with important nutrition they may not have otherwise.”