Tyson Foods, Inc. donated a truckload of chicken on Thursday, April 28 to the Freestore Foodbank to help alleviate hunger in the Tri-State area.
With its network of 350 partner agencies, the Freestore Foodbank will distribute the donated product to food-insecure residents in its 20-county service area, reaching Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
“Hunger affects people you see every day,” said Kurt Reiber, Freestore Foodbank President and CEO. “An unexpected illness, injury, car repair or life change can put a self-sufficient person at risk of hunger. We truly appreciate the continued support of Tyson Foods as we work to serve our neighbors in the community. This generous donation of Tyson® chicken will help nourish local children and families who don’t have enough to eat. We are thankful for this partnership as we work together to solve hunger.”
Meat and poultry are nutrient dense foods, according to health experts, and can be especially helpful to people who need more protein. According to food banks nationwide, meat is the most requested and least available food.
“We’re proud to partner with the Freestore Foodbank to fight hunger in the Tri-State,” said Mark Purvis, vice president of the Kroger sales team for Tyson Foods. “It’s important for Tyson Foods’ 113,000 team members to help those in need in the communities in which we live and work. Here in the Tri-State, there is a gap between the number of meals that organizations like the Freestore Foodbank are able to provide each day and the need from those requiring assistance.”
Since 2000, Tyson Foods has donated more than 100 million pounds of protein in the United States. The company’s current “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. Last year, Tyson Foods pledged $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years in the continued fight against hunger, with a special focus on innovative initiatives.