More than 1 million Texans experience hunger on a regular basis, and every week approximately 43,000 families receive food assistance through the North Texas Food Bank’s network of Member Agencies. As the numbers show, hunger is still prevalent and a persistent problem in the region, which is why Food Bank officials are applauding good news from Tyson Foods and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
The partnership announced the donation of more than 15 tons of much needed protein today, as part of its 1 million pound, three-year commitment to fight hunger together. North Texas city officials, LULAC leadership, Food Bank representatives and Tyson Team Members attended the ceremony.
“The North Texas Food Bank strives to provide nutritious meals to those we serve. We are able to provide quality protein thanks to generous donations by Tyson. We value their products and partnership and so do the families who receive it,” said Jan Pruitt, North Texas Food Bank CEO. “Especially now that food prices are on the rise and the demand for food from our member agencies is up 17 percent. The donation today will serve as the centerpiece of more than 120,000 meals served throughout our network.”
Hector Flores, immediate past president of LULAC and native of Texas, was on hand today for the contribution. LULAC is the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States. The group advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.