SPRINGDALE, Ark., Nov. 13, 2007 – A leader in the fight against hunger was in Northwest Arkansas today to meet with executives at Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN). Bill Shore, founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength, met with company officials to discuss Tyson Foods’ partnership with Share Our Strength and the two organizations’ work in the fight against childhood hunger. Tyson Foods made a donation of $9,655.88 to the Ozark Food Bank today at Tyson Foods’ headquarters. The cash contribution was the result of local fundraising efforts to eliminate childhood hunger. More than $150,000 was raised by Tyson Foods facilities nationwide.
The event was attended by Shore, Share Our Strength’s Development Director Chuck Scofield, Tyson Foods’ Chief Executive Officer Dick Bond, representatives from Ozark Food Bank and local Tyson Team Members.
“Tyson Foods has supported the work of Share Our Strength since 2000,” said Bond. “Our company values the great work that they do and the tremendous impact they have on childhood hunger. We welcome Bill and Chuck to Northwest Arkansas and remain committed to Share Our Strength’s work and its mission.”
“Our corporate partners are key to helping us find long-term solutions to the problem of childhood hunger,” said Shore. “Partnering with Tyson Foods has allowed us to get much-needed protein to people who need it the most and to bring us a step closer to our goal of eliminating hunger.”
Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 in response to the Ethiopian famine and brought fresh attention to the issue of hunger in the United States. He is also the chairman of Community Wealth Ventures, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength that provides consulting services. Shore has written three books about innovative community service, community leaders and how acts of conscience can change the world.
Today’s donation will help many local families in need as the holiday season approaches, said Betsy Reithemeyer, executive director of the Ozark Food Bank. “We appreciate Tyson Foods’ continued support for our organization and their willingness to help end hunger here in their own backyard. The food bank supplies more than 100 area agencies with food in a four-county area. Last year, more than 2.2 million pounds of food were distributed to people in need in the region.