Hunger in Austin–Something you can do to help

Information from the website of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

Did you know

Making Ends Meet  

  • 76% of households receiving assistance from CAFB Partner Agencies report incomes below the federal poverty level. (Source: Hunger in America 2006: Central Texas Report, in association with America’s Second Harvest)
  • 106,930 (12.6%) of Travis County individuals live below the Federal poverty level ($18,850 for a family of four). (Source: Austin Community Survey, 2004)
  • The annual income needed for a Travis County family of four without employee sponsored health insurance to "afford" to live in the Austin area is $53,080. That’s 257% above the Federal poverty level. (Source: CPPP.org, The Family Budget Estimator Project)
  • Austin continues to have the highest cost of living in the state of Texas, exceeding housing costs in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth.
    Those Served are Younger
  • While the child poverty rate in Texas is 23.2%, for the CAFB service area, 35% of the household members receiving food are children. (Source: Hunger in America 2006: Central Texas Report, in association with America’s Second Harvest)
  • While 12.4% of Texans in poverty are elderly, only 7% of households receiving food through CAFB are elderly. (Source: Hunger in America 2006: Central Texas Report, in association with America’s Second Harvest

Working Poor

  • Approximately 200,000, or 20%, of Travis County residents are classified as "working poor" by the Texas Department of Human Services.  (Source: Basic Needs Coalition, 2005)
  • Between 2000 and 2003, the number of households in Travis County increased by 23,274, the majority of which (21,822 households) fell in the lowest three income brackets having an annual income of $24,999 or less.
    Who’s Serving Our Hungry?
  • Of Food Bank Partner Agencies, 71% of pantries and 37% of the soup kitchens are run by faith-based agencies.
  • 59% of Partner Agency pantries and 12% of soup kitchens are entirely volunteer run with no paid staff.
  • CAFB is by far the most important source of food for its Partner Agencies, accounting for 76% of food for pantries and 38% for soup kitchens.
    (Source: Hunger in America 2006: Central Texas Report, in association with America’s Second Harvest)

 

No matter where you are, the statistics about hunger in your own community are just as compelling.

Find out how you can be a part of the great work of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and their mission of ending hunger in central Texas by visiting their site.  

Here’s something you can do today:  For every comment this post receives indicating it has been read, Tyson Foods will donate 100 pounds of food (up to a 35K pound truckload) to the HAM-up (Tweetup), sponsored by the Food Bank, Social Media Club Austin and 501 Tech Club Austin.  Help us fill the truck.  Comment here (even one-word comments acceptable–BTW, since our comments are moderated, it might take a bit to get them up, but I WILL get them up).

 UPDATE–The response from the online community has been awesome. From your response, we were able to fill the truck in less than six hours.  THANKS!!!!

670 thoughts on “Hunger in Austin–Something you can do to help

  1. Pat Shope

    We are a Whispering Hope A Women’s pregnancy center in Cumming Georgia and service the surrounding area with help for the women from the time the pregnancy test is possitive until the babies are one year old.  We offer everything for the baby and Mom from education help, housing search, clothing and food bank. 

    Our  hope is that you would be able to help Whispering Hope in our quest to improve the health and lives of our newest arrivals.

    Blessings

    Pat Shope

    Director of Development

  2. Ed

    Ellice—Big round of applause for getting your colleagues at school involved.

    There are many, many ways students–even those with limited financial resources–can get involved.  The first and best place to start is with the Capital Area Food Bank.  http://www.austinfoodbank.org.  They can provide ideas and volunteer opportunities that will lead you into a lifetime of engagement in this very serious issue.  If and when you get some things going, let me know and we’ll help spread the word.  You can be an example for college students around the country!

  3. Ellice

    props to Tyson!

    i’m starting a community service club at UTexas Austin with my friends that is specifically for feeding the hungry, please let us know what we can do to help!

    ~Ellice

  4. Warren

     

    I think this is a marvelous thing you at Tyson are doing. I’ll remember this when I’m at the grocery store. Here’s to ending hunger.

  5. Ana Lorena Hart

    Tyson Team Members: I’m more proud than ever about your efforts to make a difference in the world. Ed Nicholson, you are simply amazingly inspiring. Thank you for leveraging the power within of all of us. Ready for the next truckload? : ) 

    100 #s plus of love and prosperity to all Tyson Team Members, the Food Bank, Social Media Club Austin and 501 Tech Club Austin !

     

  6. trish

    Thank you Tyson!   Also wanted to flag for others that volunteering at the Cap Food is fun and so very touching that you will want to do it again and again.  Our team did it last October and many of us have been back several times since.

  7. Brent Unger

    We may be in a recession in the U.S.A. but we are still the most blessed country in the world.  There is no reason why any person in this country should ever go hungry.  We are a village, people!

  8. Monica Williams

    My post about the HAM-Up Tweet-Up has been one of the most popular posts on my blog. Obviously, people really can be motivated to help… all you gotta do is ask.Thanks for asking, Tweeters.

     

  9. Carol Deckert

    I think this is just so awesome that you are so committed to your community and helping others during their time of need.  Thanks so much for your support.

  10. Cory

     

    Those are terrible statistics!  Thank you for donating food in response to comments; that’s very responsible of you.

     

  11. M.H.

    It was startling and sad to read the statistics about hunger in Travis county and Texas as a whole. I hope this drive is sucessful and the learning I’ve done today has inspired me to look into volunteering here in San Francisco for a local food bank.

    Thank you.

    M.Howard

  12. Lisa Goddard

    Tyson’s generosity cannot be commended enough. But I also want to applaud all of you who helped bring this effort to life.  Dialogue about hunger and food insecurity cannot rest in the world of nonprofits alone.  It’ll take noise from all of us – private, nonprofit, government, and corporate sectors to make hunger unacceptable.  Thank you for your outrage. Thank you for your action. 

  13. Terri

    Thank you for donating food to the Austin area needy. We need more businesses like  you to step up to the plate.

  14. Rose Lancaster

         A great idea!  very creative and fun!  Imagine all of the children who will be enjoying all the good food!

  15. Whitney

     

    I love Tyson chicken nuggets. We eat them with green beans for dinner at least once per week. I knew I was making the right brand choice, and will continue to do so.

  16. Kellie

    "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." – Winston Churchill

    Thank you for your generosity Tyson! Spread the word everyone.

  17. abcd123efgh

     

    One time steve got lost a game of chess on his computer, so he threw it out the window.  Then he had some ice cream sandwiches.

  18. kathy escandell

     

    These hunger statistics are shocking in a nation that prides itself on being rich and successful.  Thank you for your tremendous contribution to serving those in need.

  19. D. Krumlauf

    It’s good to see a big company doing good instead of all the bad we read about. Thanks Tyson for giving me some hope. Nice work @kanter on the tweet about this!

  20. D. Krumlauf

    It’s good to see a big company doing good instead of all the bad we read about. Thanks Tyson for giving me some hope. Nice work @kanter on the tweet about this!

  21. Rich Reader

    There was a time in the ’80’s when Austin exported its poverty problems by handing out bus tickets and cash in exchange for a promise to leave town.   Taking a good hard look hurts for a long time before the situation can be changed, but this ex-Houstonian is proud of the people in Hill country for their commitment to improve a horrid situation.

  22. Bob

    Adam, who cares about their online campaign if that is what it takes to put food in the stomach of a hungry child tomorrow. Ever go hungry as a child Adam? I can assure you that those who will get fed from this could care less about anyone’s issues with those who are providing the food.

    Tyson, don’t be afraid to make this an ongoing habit.

  23. Ginger Kenney

    Thank you for doing this, and please keep it up, it is a drop in the bucket of the national hunger picture, but it will matter so much for those that are in this area, and that is a good start.

  24. Adam and Jori

    No one should go hungry. Although we often think that we do not have time to give, this is a ridiculous thought. My husband and I want to get more involved and we shall encourage others to do the same.

  25. laura

     

    More companies should do something like this to help their communities. Look at all of the smart, ambitious people you have looking at your blog and commenting. And who do you think they’ll buy from the next time they are in the frozen food aisle? Proof that you don’t have to beat people over the head to get them to think about something. Just give them an opportunity to help someone and they just might buy from you in the future.

  26. Qui Diaz

    Thanks, Tyson – didn’t know about your hunger relief blog, and now I do. Great way to help your community and build awareness for future efforts.

     

  27. Alex Wallace

    Wonderful!  I am going to go buy some Tyson chicken to show my appreciation for your donating to the food bank, tonight!

  28. Sabrina

    Although I know the truck is now full, I think this is a wonderful thing you are doing and just had to add a comment. CAFB does wonderful work, and I encourage Austin locals to consider volunteering with them.

  29. Jordan Pearce

    I had no idea Austin’s cost of living was higher than Houston and Dallas. Thanks for what you do

  30. mstod

     

    Though the truck is full, the thankfulness for the bounty continues. Let us remember to give our own small donations to CAFB throughout the year. Hunger continues as a plague on a society of abundance. We all need to plan to help over the long haul.

  31. Howard Mahoney

         I more Multi-Billion Dollar Companies would GIVE BACK a little more often like TYSON is doing we could end hunger world wide in a short time!

  32. jeff

    this is indeed a good thing.  the cynic in me says that this would not be done at all, if it were not for pressure put on companies such as Tyson, but kudos should go to Tyson nonetheless.

  33. Joe

    What a cool campaign!  I went to school with some great Tyson people (UA’s MIS program) and was always impressed with how hard they work and their great project management approach to solving problems.  I saw Connie Reece of (EveryDotConnects.com) present at SEM for SMB in Austin this year and was really impressed with her energy.  Great work people!

  34. Lillian Mahoney

    Thanks Tyson.  A campaign like this will help more people by informing people of the great need.

  35. Matt McGinnis

     

    Excellent CSR activity. This really puts your money where a lot of mouths are. THANK YOU!

  36. Dylan

     

    "I’d don’t mind stealin’ bread, from the mouth of decadence." then put ( ) beside it saying CHRIS CORNELL VOICE

  37. Will Sellari

    Thanks guys.

    You’re like that temple of the dog song but much more corporate and more interesting. Oh and that guy who worked for you that was giving helicopter rides to senators and got in trouble. And your frozen chicken products are really good.

    I would suggest for a good meal. Get some of the frozen chicken patties, hamburger buns, honey, and ketchup. Heat up the patties, toast the buns, put honey on one bun and ketchup on the other. Yum yum dear eaters, yum yum.

  38. The Harriman Team

     

    Tyson, even though you filled up your truck about 130 posts ago, please donate 200 lbs of food, instead of 100 lbs, for each of Adam Zand’s 3 posts. I’m sure he wouldn’t want to be known as the only commenter who withheld food from a hungry child’s mouth, simply because he disagrees with your corporate positions. If you can’t do it, then put it on my tab. I’m good for it…

  39. Marisa Zappone

    Thanks Tyson for supporting such a wonderful organization that provides food to so many in the comunity.

  40. Jan Jones

    Thank you Tyson Foods for generously helping our Capitol Area Food Bank help those in need. This is what matters most.

  41. Susan R

    Thanks to Tyson for this generous offer, and my unending thanks to CAFB and all the other hunger-busting organizations that help feed people in Central Texas!

  42. Debbie Ducic

     

    I truly hope this is not just all hype because we are now talking about ALOT of food with this many comments! But this is truly a testament to the power of the internet and social networking !

     

    Please follow up Tyson!

  43. Glenda

    Tyson, you are without a doubt my new best friend, Thanks for your efforts to feed people in need.

  44. Art Maple

         It is wonderful to know of the warm and generous spirit that pervades Tyson Foods!!  Thanks a million!

  45. Art Maple

         It is wonderful to know of the warm and generous spirit that pervades Tyson Foods!!  Thanks a million!

  46. Dave Nielsen

    Thanks, Tyson, this is great.

    "35% of the household members receiving food are children"

    Help kids = help the future. Education is important, and it’s hard to learn when you’re starving.

  47. shutupadam

    Yes, please do some research, on things like what an extremist animal terrorist agency PETA is. How Alex Pacheco, a PETA co-founder, has stated: “Arson, property destruction, burglary and theft are ‘acceptable crimes’ when used for the animal cause.” How PETA members drive around KILLING defenseless animals. How they’ve been charged with animal cruelty. That they KILL 97% of the animals they take in for "adoption". How PETA president is FOR the ELIMINATION of ALL PETS. They are not concerned with the preservation of species, only with the elimination of human use of the animals. PETA wants to eliminate all use of meat, eggs, dairy products, wool, silk and leather. What would happen to the cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, chickens, dogs, cats, etc. that are currently “used” by humans if we abandoned them? Does PETA really believe all these domestic animals would just go wandering off serenely into the wilderness? I seriously doubt if humans will grow food or provide shelter for vast numbers of animals that they do not own or that provide no economic benefit. Public land available would not support the vast numbers of animals and since most are domesticated, they would not survive. Peta is for all that.

    Also, are you really so childish that since you don’t agree with someone, you want them to NOT do something positive. "I hate you, so please don’t feed a starving child?" That’s just insane…but then, I guess the whole PETA thing should have tipped us off to that in the first place.

    Thanks for doing this Tyson. Regardless of whether I’m in love with you as a company or I despise you, this is a very good thing to do. I realize, as should anyone else, that you’re not just driving traffic, you are building awareness about a cause.

  48. Gerald del Campo

     

    Times are hard for working families, and I feel that things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. I am happy to see that your company is giving back at a time for need. In the midsts of calls for patriotism, companies are leaving the country to fend for itself.  Is that patriotic? of is patriotism something that only the poor must shoulder? Than you for setting an example for other companies to follow. Thank you for your patriotism.

  49. David Davenport

    Hey Adam -

    I’d be glad to discuss hunger in Central Texas on your radio show. This what this blog entry and the subsequent comments are all about.  

    Let me know -

     

  50. Kristi

    Saw this on Twitter. What a great idea! Thanks for caring about this, here at home, where unfortunately, it is overlooked.

  51. Sally DeLeon

    It is wonderful that a company is willing to do this.  And do it without the government telling them to.

  52. Ashley

     

    Poverty in America often goes unnoticed.  We are always too busy to stop and think about those less fortunate than ourselves.  This is such a wonderful way to grab the attention of Austin and make a difference!

     

    Thank you Tyson for supporting our community!!

  53. Ashley

     

    Poverty in America often goes unnoticed.  We are always too busy to stop and think about those less fortunate than ourselves.  This is such a wonderful way to grab the attention of Austin and make a difference!

     

    Thank you Tyson for supporting our community!!

  54. Ashley

     

    Poverty in America often goes unnoticed.  We are always too busy to stop and think about those less fortunate than ourselves.  This is such a wonderful way to grab the attention of Austin and make a difference!

     

    Thank you Tyson for supporting our community!!

  55. Dave Evans

    It’s great that you are doing the donation.

    Question: How will participants know how much was actually donated? It would be great to see a real-time display showing ow much has been pledged (100lbs x number of commments, right?) along with how much was given on what dates, and to whom. That would really connect this effort with your brand and the larger community.

  56. Ashley

     

    Poverty in America often goes unnoticed.  We are always too busy to stop and think about those less fortunate than ourselves.  This is such a wonderful way to grab the attention of Austin and make a difference!

     

    Thank you Tyson for supporting our community!!

  57. Erica

    It’d be great if other major food producers in other cities could carry out this idea, too! Of course, how many others even have blogs?

  58. Tylee

     

    Thanks for all that you do! A lesson can be learned by your example  – the online community helping the physical community. Good job!

  59. Adam Zand

    IMNSHO – This is a despicable way to get site traffic & boost the positive mentions of your brand on Google/technorati - You are gross!

    Next time, please just write out a fat check (tax deductible of course) in silence and keep this crap off of Twitter and the blogosphere. Maybe that works within your new expanded business efforts in China, but it’s still chicken sh*t to me.

    Please DO NOT count my comment as part of your campaign.

    I’ve got an idea – Maybe your CEO or more likely PR and communications people would like to come on an Internet Radio show (www.TalkShoe.com) ASAP with reps from PETA and maybe Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson who is suing Tyson for using rivers like "open sewers."  We can also talk financial advice with Amalgamated Bank and your problems with back dating stocks or listen to right to work advocates who might be interested in your previous efforts at smuggling and then abusing illegal workers.

    Give me a call at seven81-643-696zero or email aazrock at yahoo dot com and I’ll work on logistics and production time.

    Again, this campaign is chicken sh*t – I hope your stakeholders and shareholders read between the Blogging lines on this!

    Commenters above and below – you might want to do some research before throwing out kudos to this company with a very sorry history and at best murky future – http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_3063.shtml

     

  60. Judie Smith

    Rock on Tyson!  Time to think about truck number 2 – and what we can do to help as well!

  61. joel de la garza

    this is a really great thing you guys are doing with the online community. this is truly what online marketing and community building should be about. thanks so much tyson.

  62. joel de la garza

    this is a really great thing you guys are doing with the online community. this is truly what online marketing and community building should be about. thanks so much tyson.

  63. Kaleem

    How is it possible that in one of the wealthiest states in the world’s wealthiest nation 1 in 4 children are hungry and 1 in 8 elderly live in poverty? What does it say about a society when its most vulnerable citizens to go without basic necessities of life?

    It’s good to see corporate citizenship isn’t dead.

  64. Austinita

    Great idea for a campaign. Here’s hoping everyone will keep the spirit alive after this post is long gone.

  65. Bonnie Sayers

    I learned about this thru twitter.  Good way to spread the news.  Wish a company like Tyson would do something similar in Los Angeles.  Good job to the orgs that started this and much success to you.  Thanks Tyson, we have you stocked in our freezer and refrigerator.

  66. Maxine Appleby

     

    Thank you! Thank you  Tyson please add another 100 lbs for my post.

    A special thanks to your team for their attention to the value of  social media.  When it comes to brand loyalty, Tyson just won me over today.

    Thank you!!

  67. Kristie Wells

    Happy to see initiatives like this take place and the community stepping forward to make sure goals are met. Awesome use of the tools guys. Thank you Tyson for providing the means behind the scenes.      

  68. MidMOMAn

    Wow! Thanks for the contirbution…

    Tyson Foods will donate 100 pounds of food (up to a 35K pound truckload)

     

  69. kevin

    sorry i missed being one of the 350 that added 100lbs. to the truck.  maybe our friends at tyson would consider another truck?  PLEASE?!  Thanks to everyone for Keeping Austin Fed.  CAFB deserves our help each and every day!

  70. Mark

     

    Hey folks.  Saw someone from your organization at Spirit at Work last year, and found out about some of the good work you’re doing.  This just boosted that by ten.  Kudos to you.

    M.

  71. Kevin M

    Thank you Tyson. and Austin, don’t forget to volunteer at the Food Bank or one of their partner food pantries or agencies.

    Kevin M

  72. Tom Diederich

    Great idea and a great cause. No one in America should ever have to go hungry. Please don’t make this a one-time event. Food banks nationwide also need volunteers and donations — this message to all readers not just Tyson.

    Rock on and way to go, Tyson!

  73. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    I am absolutely astonished at the numbers.  I don’t usually have any brand loyalty that would involve Tyson but I’ve certainly got to reconsider given this generous gesture.

  74. Mrs. Dale Willimack

    Wonderful!  Tyson foods, great products, helping a great cause!  Thank you!

    Dale Willimack

  75. Terra

    Thank you for the reminder of how blessed I am to never have been hungry.   I so often take that for granted.

  76. Annette

    This is wonderful and generous. Every company and able individual should help those in need. Maybe then we could eliminate unnecessary suffering.

  77. Holly Somers

    Thanks for promising to make this contribution. We all need to be more aware of our neighbors, no matter who they are.

  78. Amy E

    Thank you, Tyson, and thank you, CAFB, for making a difference.

    It’s sad that we still have such a hunger problem in the modern age even in prosperous nations.

  79. Stephen Dill

    Unfortunate statistics, but not unique. And recent articles tell us that food banks are running low all over America as the economy reduces the available "spare change" that people use to make donations. The Tyson effort is admirable, and hopefully duplicatable.

  80. Jason Pratt

    Any idea what the breakdown of hungry by demographic/ethinicity/nationality? I’m curious whether immigrants are more likely or less likely to be hungry than native Texans. 

  81. Merredith

    Thank you for putting these sobering stats out there — wish they were less common.  And thank you Tyson for your help — and for reminding us what’s possible.

  82. Ruth McFarland

    Thanks Tyson.  Seeing the gifts you have given to Texas, will reward you with my loyalty to your terriffic products.

  83. Laura "@Pistachio" Fitton

    Thank you Tyson for using social media to create something productive and to contribute value and attention to others instead of merely grabbing it up for yourselves. Companies that think like that will do well in social media.

  84. David Davenport

    Tyson’s commitment to the basic core value that ‘Hunger is Unacceptable’ shows outstanding leadership – I challenge others in the food industry to follow.   

  85. Genevieve

    Thanks for helping the wonderful people of Austin and the surrounding communities that have to rely on the Food Bank for assistance.

  86. ka

     

    This article is right about Austin having a high cost of living. And food prices keep going up! Milk is $5 a gallon! I’m glad that making a comment will bring food to people who need it. I hope lots of people comment.

  87. paula

    i read the entire article, but paused at the opening sentence for quite some time…."Nearly one in five adults and one in four children in Texas are hungry. "

    this has to stop.

     

  88. Carlie

    Thank you Tyson for doing this.  A lot of people don’t realize the amount of hungy people who live in Austin.  I help anytime I can.  Thank you for caring.

  89. Gina Kay Landis

    Great you are doing this!!!

    Most people don’t know that food from food banks cost money. Per pound, actually, so food banks do really rely on area stores as well as larger entities such as Tyson to supplement what they get. Churches also donate to area pantries and/or fix meals once or twice a month.

    Hunger is no small thing. There are people who can’t even think straight unless they have a nutritionally balanced diet. People who can slide by for awhile can’t do it forever, subsisting on bread and milk and cheese.

    So thank you Tyson  Foods – you are saving lives, a little at a time.

    @ginakay

  90. susan

    This makes Monday a lot less gloomy (for a lot of people). What a great idea. Thanks Tyson, for the donation and the education.

  91. Sandy

    Thank you Tyson Foods for your generosity and initiative to share information on these wonderful programs.

  92. Tom Cunniff

    Amazing that the annual income needed for a Travis County family of four without employee sponsored health insurance to "afford" to live in the Austin area is 257% above the Federal poverty level.  Yikes.

    Good for Tyson for doing something to help!

  93. Christine

    I work in a church, and also worked in the same church about six years ago. The demand at our food pantry is a great deal higher now than then — we sometimes have to turn people away for lack of food! So many people are in need right now.

    Thanks for your efforts to end hunger.

  94. kevin

     

    Thanks Tyson!  I eat Tyson Chicken Nuggets all the time and now, thanks to Tyson’s generosity, some needy people will get to eat them too!  Yay!

  95. Adam Brown

    I’m so proud of you Tyson for what you’re doing. We, in Travis County, can use all the help we can get. I’m one of those 20% that is considered "working poor"    

  96. Working Poor

    How can I get help from Capital Area Food Bank?  I work one full time and one part time job and still need help. 

  97. Russ

    I think what is being done here by Tyson is great.  I think it is wrong to leave surrounding areas of Round Rock, Pflugerville and such out of these statistics.

  98. Sally & Tom

    Thanks, Tyson!  What a fine way to be a supporting partner in the great city of Austin! 

  99. Elizabeth

     

    I hadn’t seen the definition of "food insecurity" before, or the government’s definition of "hungry." Thank you for the informative links, and for choosing to make a difference.

  100. Melissa McEver

     

    I no longer live in Austin, but the city is still dear to my heart. Thanks for this effort.

  101. Tam

     

    Thanks for giving back, Tyson! It’s nice to see a company that cares about more than just the bottom line.

  102. Aesop

    I can’t believe we beat out Dallas and Houston for cost of living! Weird….

    Thanks again to Tyson for helping the hungry.

  103. Vicki Flaugher

    Many thanks to Tyson and the Food Bank team for the solid and generous work you are doing. Twitter sent me here – compassion will keep me returning.

    Vicki Flaugher

  104. Mo Shapiro

     

    If 41,000 children under the age of 18 in the Austin area face food insecurity imagine what it must be like nationwide. This shouldn’t be happening in a so-called developed country.

  105. Amanda O.

    This is fantastic!  Glad to know about these great efforts, and be able to do anything to make a difference.  The "working poor" stats are so sad, with all prices rising everyone is really feeling it, especially those who could barely make ends meet already.

  106. David Gonzalez

    Thanks for the support.  BTW, is anyone @ Tyson looking into coming up with clean, renewable, cheap alternative engergy?  addressing that issue will help feed the hungry over the long-haul.  Great work.  Good to know this post will equal 100lbs of protein for someone in need. I hope you didn’t ‘bite off more than you could chew’ ;-)

  107. corey pavletich

     

    I am weighing in on this great idea.  Keep up the great work.  It really means ton to all of us participating.

  108. Maria

    Thank you, Tyson, for doing the socially responsible thing and supporting our  citizens in need. 

  109. Thomas Sparks

     

    Too many people in the United States look down on or cast disparaging comments on individuals and families that need assistance.  There but for fortune go you or I.  Every one desrves a helping hand. Thank you Tyson Food for offering yours.

  110. corey pavletich

     

    I am weighing in on this great idea.  Keep up the great work.  It really means ton to all of us participating.

  111. Mark Taylor

    I’m on board!  Thanks Tyson for doing this!  Wonderful!!  No one should have to go hungry!  We have enough to share if we work together!!!

  112. Peggy

    Capital Area Food Bank provides a vital service to this community.  As our economy has slowed down, the demand for food from the food bank has increased.  Without this service, many would go hungry.  Thank you Tyson Foods for helping out one of the institutions that keeps Austin moving even in downtimes.

  113. Thomas Sparks

     

    Too many people in the United States look down on or cast disparaging comments on individuals and families that need assistance.  There but for fortune go you or I.  Every one desrves a helping hand. Thank you Tyson Food for offering yours.

  114. Daun

     

    The statistics on this page are so sad.  Thank you for all you are doing to help feed the hungry!

  115. Daun

     

    The statistics on this page are so sad.  Thank you for all you are doing to help feed the hungry!

  116. Daun

     

    The statistics on this page are so sad.  Thank you for all you are doing to help feed the hungry!

  117. greg claxton

    Thanks for collecting the stats, and kudos for finding a clever way to draw people to them, self-included.

  118. Thomas Sparks

     

    Too many people in the United States look down on or cast disparaging comments on individuals and families that need assistance.  There but for fortune go you or I.  Every one desrves a helping hand. Thank you Tyson Food for offering yours.

  119. Chris

     We’re big fans of your chicken in our household. Thanks for contributing and coming up with a great way of spreading the word!

  120. Joe

    Glad to see that Tyson is concerned about the community.  I also glad to see that they have stepped out to help those Austinites that are in need.  The CAFB will certainly benefit.

  121. Suzi

    "The annual income needed for a Travis County family of four without employee sponsored health insurance to "afford" to live in the Austin area is $53,080." Wow. Yikes. Thanks so much, Tyson, for contributing. 

     

  122. Chloe

     

    Every little bit helps – it’s great to see a large company take these steps towards helping the needy!

  123. David

    Thank you for doing this and for informing us. I had no idea about some of these statistics. This has inspired me to volunteer.

  124. Richard Scheffrin

     

    Good news, we could all use an extra chicken in our pot given our current economic situation in this country.

  125. Paula

     

    With businesses, non-profits, and the community working together, a real change can come. Thank you for coming together to make a difference and help those who need it most.

  126. jim in austin

    It’s a one-shot deal but will make a difference. The Statesman tweet should draw a lot of attention to a good cause and provide Tyson with some very cost-effective PR. Well done…

  127. jim in austin

    It’s a one-shot deal but will make a difference. The Statesman tweet should draw a lot of attention to a good cause and provide Tyson with some very cost-effective PR. Well done…

  128. Chris Ramstedt

     

    Just read about this from Twitter. I’ve not been one to pay much attention to labels when buying groceries, but Tyson will be on my list from now on.

  129. mrstrdavis

    Heard abouit this on witter from krisTK. While the statistics are daunting and down right depressive, kudos to Tyson for not only raising awareness but also making a significant contribution to agencies fighting the very real hunger issues in America. We should all probably take a hard look in our own back yards to see how our communities are really faring.

  130. Cesar Torres

    Your support for the Austin community is invaluable.  It speaks volumes of your organization for you willingness to do this massive of a donation.  Thanks for your help.

  131. Rick Benavidez

    Excellent idea and thanks for taking the time, making the effort and bringing all these resources to bear…time to spread the word…

  132. Dawn

    I can not commend Tyson Foods enough for helping to end hunger.  They are an incredible company.  

  133. Natanya

    Thank you not only for the donations but for the education as well. The statistics are scary. Hopefully they will spur others to help support Americans in need.

  134. Armando Guerra

     

    And its the children, who have no choice or say in the matter, who suffer the most.  Think of them when you think what or why you should contribute and help.

  135. Miz Liz

    Useful, enlightening stats and a wonderful effort. Thanks for all you are doing; hope other companies nationwide follow your example.

  136. KrisTK

    What a great idea! Tyson does so much to aid in hunger relief across the country, through ongoing donations to food banks and social agencies.  Thanks for using Twitter to direct us to more information about the issue and give us an easy way to help.

  137. John Johansen

    I heard about this on Twitter. Re-tweeted. And I’m leaving my comment.

    This is a great idea. Thanks for raising awareness and getting people involved. I hope it leads to more long-term interest.

  138. quotidian

     

    Thanks for making this effort.  Hunger is an even greater problem with the current economic challenges.

  139. Joe Fraser

    In the age of focusing so much on over-eating and obesity, it’s easy for people to forget that poverty is still alive and thriving on the less fortunate of the human race.

  140. Konnie

    Tyson is the best!

    Protein is a number one need for any family and procuring it is harder and harder.

  141. etienne

     

    there are so many hungry people out there…our neighbors and friends, even. it is refreshing to see a corporation do something real to help!

  142. Cindy

    It is so great to see an organization of this size so in tune to it’s community needs.  Thanks so much for supporting Austin communities!!!


  143. Sandra Kay Jones

    I find it unbelievable that 75% of the households receiving assistance from CAFB Partner Agencies are below the federal poverty level.  Also,I did not know that the pantries and soup kitchens that feed these families have the food supplied by the CAFB. 

    Tyson has really expressed compassion by giving back to the community for honoring this project!  It’s a name I’ll not forget.

     

     

     

  144. Paul Holloway

    Thank you for all that you do to help the needy. If everyone would be so kind, we could end hunger.

    Thanks

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