ROCHESTER, Minn., August 27, 2007–Tyson Foods, Inc. lent a hand by helping feed thousands of Minnesotans recently affected by severe weather. The company delivered a truckload of protein products today to feed people whose homes were lost or heavily damaged by devastating floods. The donation was delivered to Channel One Food Bank in Rochester this morning.
“We believe in helping our neighbors when disaster happens,” said Gary Machan, vice president of Pork Procurement for Tyson Foods. The company operates hog buying stations in Minnesota, including one in Rushford, a community which was especially hard-hit by the flooding. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the people of Rushford to provide meals to those in need.”
Today’s donation of more than 38,000 pounds of protein products will provide more than 140,000 meals. Approximately 15,000 pounds has been earmarked for the community of Rushford. The products are suitable for grilling, which will be helpful to people who have limited cooking facilities. The remainder of the product will be distributed among the agencies served by Channel One Food Bank.
The Channel One Food Bank serves a 14-county area, distributing more than five million pounds of food annually to 77 agencies. Those agencies serve more than 38,000 people each year, and approximately 33 percent of those receiving assistance are children