The The Marrero family’s home and community in Camden, New Jersey have been extremely made over, thanks in part to Tyson Foods, Inc. , the world’s largest producer of chicken, beef and pork. Tyson teamed up with ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to unveil a new home for the Marrero family and make a donation of 20,000 pounds of meat to St. Joseph’s Church and the Food Bank of Southern New Jersey, both located in Camden. This episode aired Sunday, November 11 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC.
"At Tyson, we believe it is inexcusable that 39 million Americans are at risk of hunger, 13 million of whom are children," said Dave Hogberg, Sr. VP Consumer Products for Tyson. "Over the past seven years, we have donated more than 48 million pounds of protein to hunger relief, and today, we are honored to make this food donation to the deserving and hardworking Camden community."
ABC chose the Marrero family because of their ability to do more than just survive, but rather thrive, against the odds in Camden — a city known for its crime-ridden streets and high poverty levels. Despite suffering from a serious heart condition, being laid off of work, and raising five boys alone, the family’s patriarch, Victor Marrero, remains the rock in his family and the community.
Victor started a guidance group for other single fathers in Camden at St. Joseph’s Church, which inspired Tyson Foods to donate a freezer stocked with protein and $13,500 worth of coupons to be used at local supermarkets. In total, Tyson’s donation to St. Joseph’s and the Food Bank of Southern New Jersey is valued at more than $60,000.