BOCA RATON, Fla., February 19, 2008 – The Chief Executive Officer of Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) today announced the donation of a truckload of much needed protein to the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc. and the Daily Bread Food Bank in West Palm Beach. Richard L. Bond made the stop as part of his visit to southeast Florida for the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference.
The announcement ceremony was attended by Boca Raton city officials, child development center representatives, food bank representatives and Tyson Team Members. The donation of more than 35,000 pounds of protein products, which is the equivalent of 140,000 meals, was split between the center and the food bank.
“The generosity that Tyson Foods has shown today is extraordinary. The need for protein is always high, but even more so now when donations are down and children who need it most do not have access to food other than what we can provide for them,” said Doug Paton, chief executive officer of the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers. "Tyson Foods is helping us make a difference in the lives of our children in Boca Raton and Southern Palm Beach County.”
Florence Fuller has provided quality early childhood education and care for 36 years delivering programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and after school, and summer camp. Qualified children come from low income homes, teenage parents, migrant farm worker families or abused or neglected circumstances, and they represent a number of different cultural backgrounds. Services include daily meals, hearing and vision screening, dental checkups with remedial services as needed, family counseling, speech therapy and more.
In May of 2000, Tyson Foods made a formal commitment to the fight against hunger, pledging to donate 10 million pounds of protein over a three year period to hunger relief organizations. On February 6, the company made a donation which brought their total protein contributions to date to 50 million pounds
“The seven-year commitment by our company and our Team Members has provided valuable protein for more than 200 million meals to our nation’s children and families in need,” said Bond. “This has been an unwavering commitment to the critical problem we face in this country, and I’m proud of our Team Members and our customers who have joined us in this fight.”
“Last year, Tyson Foods partnered with America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network donating nearly 9 million pounds of protein,” added Judith Gatti, Executive Director of Daily Bread Food Bank, member of America’s Second Harvest network. “We gratefully acknowledge the company’s continued support and commitment to helping end hunger in this country. The people of Tyson have identified themselves as a great corporate citizen. We could not do it without them.”