SPRINGDALE, Ark., Oct. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tyson Foods, Inc. and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) are partnering in October to donate five truckloads of protein to food banks in Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Houston and Miami. The first donation took place in Washington, D.C. at the Capital Area Food Bank on October 3, with the other distributions scheduled during the remainder of the month.
"We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from Tyson Foods to help our efforts in providing more nutritious meals to children and families in need," said Nancy Roman, Capital Area Food Bank President and CEO. "Hunger has tremendous short and long-term detrimental effects, especially on children, and this donation will help ensure that children in need can grow into healthy, productive adults."
"Given the influx of unaccompanied minors that arrived over the summer, the donations to food pantries with a high concentration of refugee children is particularly timely," said LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes. "This donation will go a long way to help address food disparities in the Latino community, especially the families who now have the challenge of putting an extra plate on the table."
Tyson's total donation involves 151,000 pounds of protein that is being distributed to food banks in five urban areas. Each will receive approximately 30,000 pounds. These food banks have a strong commitment and history of providing help in areas with high rates of childhood hunger.
"There is a large need for protein in these areas and we are able to fill that void," said Nora Venegas, director of government relations for Tyson Foods. "We are proud to stand with LULAC to make a difference in areas we know we can."
The remaining donations will take place on the following dates:
|New York, NY|
|Beth Hark Christina Counseling Center|
|(Food donated to Food Bank for New York City)|
|Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 A.M.|
|Los Angeles, CA|
|Los Angeles Regional Food Bank|
|Thursday, October 16 at 2:00 P.M.|
|Houston Food Bank|
|Saturday, October 18 at 10:00 A.M.|
|Feeding South Florida|
|Saturday, October 25 at 10:00 A.M.|
Tyson Foods' current "KNOW Hunger" campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. The company also partners with Share Our Strength, Lift Up America, and Feeding America to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation. Since 2000, Tyson Foods has donated 96 million pounds of food toward hunger relief.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest producers of chicken, beef, pork and prepared foods that include leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. The company was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. Tyson Foods provides a wide variety of protein-based and prepared foods products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, supplying customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 124,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.
League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC)
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the largest and oldest volunteer-based civil rights organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC's programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.lulac.org. www.facebook.com/lulac.national.dc.
About The Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Washington metro area serving over 530,000 people through direct food distribution programs and a network of 500 partner agencies. This year, the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 42 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 35 million meals – including 17.5 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.
About Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank For New York City has been the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank helps provide free meals every day for New Yorkers in need. In addition, Food Bank For New York City's income support services including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor put more than $100 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank's nutrition education programs and services empower more than 230,000 children, teens and adults to build a healthy diet on a low budget. To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org. Follow us on Facebook (FoodBank4NYC), Twitter (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (FoodBank4NYC). To donate, visit www.foodbanknyc.org/donate. To become a partner, visit www.foodbanknyc.org/partner. To volunteer, visit volunteer.foodbanknyc.org. To advocate, visit www.foodbanknyc.org/advocate. To host a Virtual Food Drive, visit www.foodbanknyc.org/vfd. To receive Food Bank For New York City's CEO E-Newsletter, visit www.foodbanknyc.org/email.
About the Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank is America's largest food bank in distribution to its network of nearly 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Named top charity in Texas by Charity Navigator for financial performance and accountability, the Food Bank provides 59 million nutritious meals to food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding 800,000 people each year. Fresh produce, meat and nonperishables are distributed from the warehouse at 535 Portwall, and hot meals are prepared and distributed from Keegan Center, a 15,000 square-foot industrial kitchen. Additional community services range from nutrition education to assistance with food stamp applications and hands-on job training. Red Barrels offer a convenient way for grocery shoppers to donate nonperishables for their neighbors in need. The Houston Food Bank, founded in 1982, is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. The organization plans to grow to an annual distribution of 100 million nutritious meals by 2018. Visit HoustonFoodBank.org for more information. Find us on Facebook or follow our news on Twitter.
About the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
For 41 years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has worked to mobilize resources in the community to alleviate hunger. With a vision that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County, the Food Bank distributed 60 million pounds of food in 2013 and 1 billion pounds of food since its inception. The Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources, which – with the help of 33,000 volunteers annually – it distributes through a network of more than 670 partner agencies at more than 1,050 distribution and program sites. In addition, 97 percent of monies raised and in-kind donations go directly to programs. Our efficiency and effectiveness led to the LA Business Journal to name the Food Bank as the "Nonprofit Organization of the Year" among large local organizations in 2013. For more information or to get involved, visit: www.lafoodbank.org
About Feeding South Florida
Feeding South Florida's mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education. Feeding South Florida is one of 202 member food banks in the Feeding America™ network, the sole Feeding America food bank in South Florida, and the largest food bank in the state, serving 30 percent of the state's food insecure population. Through a local network of approximately 325 nonprofit partner agencies, Feeding South Florida distributes almost 37 million pounds of food annually, serving 871,920 individuals in need of food assistance, 287,650 of whom are children, and 150,000 are older adults, throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. For more information, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org or call 954.518.1818.