NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 27, 2007 – Hunger relief agencies in middle Tennessee will get an early Christmas gift, thanks to Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN). A Tyson Foods truck carrying 37,520 pounds of protein products made a stop at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Nashville following an event in Shelbyville this morning. The event was attended by Tyson Foods representatives, food bank representatives and Team Members from Tyson’s Shelbyville facility, who made a cash contribution of $4213 to The Learning Tree Head Start program.
“It is gratifying to know that the cash contribution and the product donation that our company is making today will go to help feed hungry people right here where our Team Members work and live,” said Wally Taylor, complex manager at the Shelbyville plant. Tyson locations nationwide last year launched a program called Powering the Spirit™, which involves three key components: local fund-raising through cooking and grilling events, sales of a specially produced Tyson cookbook featuring recipes from the kitchens of Tyson team members nationwide and donation of 75 percent of the proceeds of those fundraising efforts to the community where the money is raised. Grants through the program are administered by national hunger relief organization Share Our Strength. More than $150,000 was raised by Tyson Foods facilities nationwide.
“It is important to us to be able to support hunger relief efforts in communities where we have operations,” said Bond. “Since we’re a leader in the foods business it’s only natural for us to also be a leader in the fight against hunger in our nation. In fact, since the year 2000, our company has donated more than 49 million pounds of protein to help those in need.”