As football teams across the country prepare for battle on the gridiron this weekend, Tyson Foods, Inc. and celebrity chef G. Garvin were in Atlanta today to battle hunger.
As a sponsor of this weekend’s Atlanta Football Classic, the company today donated a full truckload of protein products to the Atlanta Community Food Bank at an event this morning, where more than 37,000 pounds of products were delivered to the food bank’s Lowery Blvd. warehouse. Garvin joined representatives from the Atlanta City Council, Tyson Foods, John Grant of 100 Black Men of Atlanta and food bank personnel for the announcement. The Atlanta Football Classic is one of many Football Classic events held among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
“The HBCU schools have so much pride in their culture, their teams and their bands, and they have a history of encouraging community service among their students and alumni,” said Libby Lawson, vice president of Public and Community Relations for Tyson Foods. “Tyson Foods is a long-time sponsor of HBCU events, and we want to show our support for the Football Classic events by helping to fight hunger in the cities that are hosting them.”
An Atlanta native, Garvin’s association with Tyson Foods began last year when he was partnered with the company during the “King of the Grill” contest, where consumers sent in their favorite grilling recipes using chicken, beef or pork. As a nationally recognized chef, he has been retained by Tyson Foods as a celebrity chef spokesperson and supports the company’s products as well as its hunger relief efforts.
The drumline from Southwest DeKalb High School set the tone for the donation event, where Garvin, city council officials and Tyson Foods representatives spoke about the partnership between Tyson Foods and the Atlanta Football Classic as well as the company’s efforts in the fight against hunger. Today’s donation is the second of four that Tyson Foods will contribute to food banks in cities where Football Classic events are scheduled this fall. Similar donations will be made in Indianapolis, Ind., and Greensboro, N.C., and one was made in Memphis, Tenn., earlier this month. The donations total more than 140,000 pounds of protein that will provide more than half a million meals for hungry people.
The Atlanta Community Food Bank distributed more than 22 million pounds of food to 800 member agencies last fiscal year. More than 300,000 people in a 38-county area are served by the food bank, and 30 percent of them are children. ACFB oversees Atlanta’s Table, Community Garden, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need, Product Rescue Center and The Atlanta Collaborative Kitchen (TACK), programs that help address hunger in and around Atlanta.