Oklahoma 13-Year-Old Recognized as Tyson Foods’ First “Hunger All-Star”

OKLAHOMA CITY – Dec. 20, 2007 –   Two years have passed since Jonathan Crider first heard the public service announcement saying kids his age living nearby were going hungry.  Now at age 13, he has rallied his hometown community of Lawton to raise more than $20,000 for Food 4 Kids to help feed more than 100 children in Lawton public schools for an entire school year.

Jonathan can also add earning a truckload of much needed protein from Tyson Foods for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to his list of accomplishments. “Jonathan Crider is teaching all of us a lesson in serving and giving,” said Ed Nicholson, director of community relations for Tyson Foods. “We’re making this donation in honor of his great work in the community and his online nomination made on our company’s new hunger relief website,” added Nicholson.   The website, hungerrelief.tyson.com, is dedicated to those who work tirelessly in the fight against hunger, especially around the holidays and after times of natural disaster, like Oklahoma has experienced during the past week.  Tyson Foods plans to select monthly winners from nominations for Hunger All-Stars submitted on the website. Jonathan was nominated by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

The donation is part of Tyson’s ongoing commitment to lead and support hunger-relief initiatives. Since 2000, the company has donated $3 million and 49.1 million pounds of chicken, beef and pork products to more than 600 hunger-relief agencies nationwide.