Tyson Foods president and CEO, Dick Bond, along with Linda Scheid, executive director, Food Bank of Siouxland, announcing the donation of a truckload of Tyson products to the food bank.
On Tuesday, May 20, Tyson Foods president and CEO Richard Bond visited the headquarters of the company’s Fresh Meats Group in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, announcing the donation of a truckload of Tyson products to the Food Bank of Siouxland and the kickoff of Tyson’s annual “Powering the Spirit” fundraising campaign against childhood hunger.
“One of the key components of a healthy meal is protein and having Tyson as our partner in the fight against hunger is an enormous boost,” said Food Bank of Siouxland Executive Director Linda Scheid. “This donation is especially helpful since food prices continue to rise and more people are turning to local charities to help feed their families.
The Food Bank of Siouxland serves as a year round, centralized, stable food source for more than 200 area agencies that have on-site feeding programs or food pantries. It provides food to member agencies such as church pantries, emergency relief agencies, shelters, children’s homes, day care centers, rehabilitation programs, senior citizens centers and other outreach programs.
Tyson’s involvement in the fight against hunger goes beyond food donations. Between 2003 and 2007, Tyson Team Members raised more than half a million dollars to provide childhood hunger relief in their own communities through an internal fundraising campaign, called “Powering the Spirit.” This includes almost $3,500 raised last year by Team Members from the Tyson’s Dakota Dunes office. This year’s campaign will also include Team Members from the company’s Dakota City plant.