POTUS Visits Staten Island

Today President Obama dropped in (literally—his helicopter landed there) on the Staten Island Miller Field disaster relief complex. Tyson teams from our Grannis, Arkansas/Broken Bow, Oklahoma, complex, and the New Holland, Pennsylvania, transportation group were there preparing meals. Even though the POTUS didn’t take advantage of a chicken sandwich, several Secret Service folks did, once they fully confirmed our guys were safe. [print_gllr id=3216]

Tyson Donates 193,000 Pounds of Protein to Nationwide Food Banks

Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, receives a Tyson donation by Ray Ables, complex manager of Forest, Miss., and Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods in Jackson, Miss., in June.

Tyson Foods, Inc. has completed a 10-city string of food donations, marking the end of a campaign in which the company donated 193,000 total pounds of protein to food banks across the southeast.

As part of its 2012 “Show Us Your Nugget Face” promotion (www.ShowUsYourNuggetFace.com), where the public voted on their favorite children pictured with Tyson Chicken Nuggets, Tyson Foods pledged to donate 1 million pounds of food to hunger relief organizations across America.

Food banks included the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, the Food Bank of Iowa, Feeding America Tampa Bay, Second Harvest of South Georgia, the Food bank of Contra Costa & Solano, the Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston, S.C., the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, the Central Virginia Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Each food bank received more than 30,000 pounds of protein.

Last year Tyson launched the “KNOW Hunger” campaign to raise hunger awareness. As part of the campaign, the company released the results of a survey which found that one in four Americans is worried about having enough money to put food on the table and that many Americans are unaware of how serious hunger is in their own communities. Raising awareness that hunger exists in every community in the country reinforces the campaign’s imperative that “We should all KNOW Hunger.”

Hunger Twitterers List

We created this blog in 2007, with the goal of raising awareness of the issue of hunger and supporting the community of people and organizations involved in hunger relief.   Early on I was excited about the potential of social media tools bringing the hunger community together.  In early 2008, I created a list of those in the hunger community using Twitter. It had about twenty accounts.  It’s grown a bit since then–see below. Go follow these folks.   If  you’re interested in having your name attached, message me on Twitter @TysonFoods.

disclaimer–while I do try to keep the list current, it’s three years old, so there might be a few inactive accounts on here.

http://twitter.com/sharestrength   SOS primary account
http://twitter.com/FeedingAmerica   Feeding America
http://twitter.com/billshore  Billy Shore, founder of Share Our Strength
http://twitter.com/dpmichel  Dan Michel–social media for Feeding America
http://twitter.com/ellendamaschino  Ellen Damaschino SOS OFL Hall of Fame Chef and blogger
http://twitter.com/hungeractions  Take Action on Hunger
http://twitter.com/rockforhunger   Rock for Hunger
http://twitter.com/FTWM  Feed Them With Music
http://twitter.com/Ddavenport   David Davenport–CEO Second Harvest Food Bank, St. Joseph, Missouri
http://twitter.com/lisa_goddard     Lisa Goddard, Online Marketing Director, CAFB
http://twitter.com/jelyo n John Lyon, Faith-Based Capacity Building-VISTA, CAFB
http://twitter.com/jcdwyer  JC Dwyer, Texas Food Bank Network, Statewide Advocacy Director,
http://twitter.com/EricaBenavide s San Antonio Food Bank Community Relations Manager
http://twitter.com/EndChildHunge r  Michael Farver
http://twitter.com/susanapics  Susan Adcock Photoblogger
http://twitter.com/ederdn  Ed Nicholson, personal account
http://twitter.com/azganjar    A. Zganjar, Share Our Strength
http://twitter.com/SuzyTwohig  Suzy Twohig, Share Our Strength
http://twitter.com/TSARedKettle  The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign
http://twitter.com/teamlivefeed  Tom Robinson, Live Feed (Music for hunger relief, St. Louis)
http://twitter.com/FriendsofWFP  Friends of the World Food Program
http://twitter.com/cookingwithamy  Cooking With Amy– Hunger Challenge Blogger
http://twitter.com/egratto  Genie Gratto– Hunger Challenge Blogger
http://twitter.com/marianiles  Maria Niles–Hunger Challenge Blogger
http://twitter.com/TexansVsHunger   Texas Food Bank Network
http://twitter.com/whatscooking   Michelle Stern
http://twitter.com/foodbankccs  Food Bank of ContraCosta and Solano Counties
http://twitter.com/pdxmission  Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, Oregon
http://twitter.com/ftmyerssoupktch  Judy–Ft. Myers Soup Kitchen
http://twitter.com/aafb   Association of Arizona Food Banks
http://twitter.com/new_community   New Community Mobile Food Pantry, Naperville, IL
http://twitter.com/markarnoldy  Mark Arnoldy-focuses on international malnutrition
http://twitter.com/SchoolLunch   Healthful meals & nutrition education for children
http://twitter.com/suzannenlee   Suzanne Lee, Dir. of Communications & Mktg.   Care & Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado
http://twitter.com/Deca_Dietician    DeCA Dietician Ft. Lee, VA
http://twitter.com/CWS_Crop     Church World Service
http://twitter.com/GPCAH  Greater Philadephia Coalition Against Hunger
http://twitter.com/SecondHelpings   Second Helpings, Indianapolis
http://twitter.com/miriamskitchen  Miriam’s Kitchen–serving homeless in DC
http://twitter.com/BreadfortheCity  Bread for the City, Washington, DC
http://twitter.com/enklings    Tim Blair, hunger activist
http://twitter.com/poppypembroke  Poppy Pembroke Communications Mgr.,Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
http://twitter.com/heifer   Heifer International
http://twitter.com/heiferportland   Heifer Portland
http://twitter.com/kidsfoodbasket   Kids Food Basket.  Grand Rapids, Michigan
http://twitter.com/BreadHolly  Holly Hight–Bread for the World
http://twitter.com/hungerthon   WHY  whyhunger.org
http://twitter.com/fighthunger   World Food Programme
http://twitter.com/WorldFoodPrize  World Food Prize
http://twitter.com/StopHunger   MAZON–hunger relief organization
http://twitter.com/EndChildHunger   End Child Hunger, Michael Farver
http://twitter.com/firstthebasics  First the Basics (helping people find hot meals)
http://twitter.com/URMission  Union Rescue Mission, Little Rock
http://twitter.com/walkforhunger   Kristin–Project Bread–The Walk for Hunger
http://twitter.com/phxmission  Phoenix Rescue Mission
http://twitter.com/creativelyme  Sarah Hall
http://twitter.com/FeedINsHungry  Emily Bryant
http://twitter.com/WalkandKnock  Mary Chant  Walk and Knock-annual food drive
http://twitter.com/swong7    Stacy Wong , Greater Boston Food Bank
http://twitter.com/HandsOnHartford     Hands on Hartford
http://twitter.com/ChicagoShares  Chicago Shares
http://twitter.com/localfooddude  Timothy Cipriano, New Haven School Systems and Local Food Dude
http://twitter.com/MOWFeedMore  Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia
http://twitter.com/AJoyFULLHoliday  A  Joyfull Holiday
http://twitter.com/dipaolamomma  Lara DiPaola
http://twitter.com/1millionmeals  Jeffrey Strain, Penny Experiment
http://twitter.com/foodhunger   The Volunteer Way
http://twitter.com/Harvest4Hunger  Harvest for Hunger
http://twitter.com/pghfoodbank  Pittsburgh Food Bank
http://twitter.com/breadjennifer  Jennifer Stapleton, Bread for the World
http://twitter.com/bread4theworld  Bread for the World
http://twitter.com/CCSTB   Community Center of St. Bernard
http://twitter.com/thelastshow  The Last Show–Karen
http://twitter.com/rjtbaum    Robert J. Teitelbaum
http://www.twitter.com/dinnergarden   The Dinner Garden
http://twitter.com/HartfordFoodSys  Hartford Food System
http://twitter.com/2harvest  Second Harvest Heartland
http://twitter.com/2harvestCFL  Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando
http://twitter.com/2ndharvest   2nd Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
http://twitter.com/ACFB  Atlanta Community Food Bank
http://twitter.com/arfoodbank    Arkansas Foodbank Network
http://twitter.com/BayAreaFoodBank  Bay Area Food Bank
http://twitter.com/brfoodbank     Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
http://twitter.com/CAFB  Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, Inc.
http://twitter.com/CareandShareFB   Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado
http://twitter.com/CentralILFoodbk    Central IL Foodbank
http://twitter.com/centralpafb  Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
http://twitter.com/CFBFresno   Community Food Bank, Fresno, CA
http://twitter.com/chattfood  Chattanooga Area Food Bank
http://twitter.com/CityHarvest    City Harvest   New York,NY
http://twitter.com/CleveFoodbank  Cleveland Foodbank, Inc.
http://twitter.com/CommFoodBankNJ  Community Food Bank of New Jersey
http://twitter.com/CTFoodBank  Connecticut Food Bank
http://twitter.com/CVFBFeedMore  Central Virginia Foodbank, Inc.
http://twitter.com/FeedingSFL   Feeding South Florida, Miami
http://twitter.com/eifoodbank  Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Urbana
http://twitter.com/FeedAmericaWI  America’s Second Harvest of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
http://twitter.com/feedingwestmich  Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank
http://twitter.com/FoodBank4NYC  Food Bank For New York City
http://twitter.com/foodbankccs  Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
http://twitter.com/FoodBankCENC  Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Raleigh
http://twitter.com/FoodBankNENY  Regional Food Bank Northeastern New York
http://twitter.com/FoodBankofCC  Food Bank of Corpus Christi
http://twitter.com/FoodBankofDE  Food Bank of Delaware, Newark
http://twitter.com/foodbankrgv  Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc.
http://twitter.com/foodbankrockies  Food Bank of the Rockies, Denver
http://twitter.com/FoodbankSBC  Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
http://twitter.com/foodbanksj         Food Bank of South Jersey
http://twitter.com/FoodBankSTier  Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Elmira, NY
http://twitter.com/FoodBkNIndiana  Food Bank of Northern Indiana
http://twitter.com/FoodDepository  Greater Chicago Food Depository
http://twitter.com/FoodLinkNY    Foodlink Food Bank, Rochester, NY
http://twitter.com/FoodShuttle  Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh, NC
http://twitter.com/FreestoreFB  Freestore FoodBank, Cincinnati
http://twitter.com/Gleaners  Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan
http://twitter.com/GleanersFBIndy  Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
http://twitter.com/Gr8BosFoodBank  The Greater Boston Food Bank
http://twitter.com/growthefoodbank  Capital Area Food Bank, DC
http://twitter.com/HarvestersORG  Harvesters – The Community Food Network, Kansas City
http://twitter.com/HoustonFoodBank  Houston Food Bank
http://twitter.com/hpfoodbank  High Plains Food Bank, Amarillo
http://twitter.com/lafoodbank  Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
http://twitter.com/LCFBFoodFIght  Lowcountry Food Bank, Charleston, SC
http://twitter.com/MANNAFoodBank  MANNA  FoodBank, Ashville NC
http://twitter.com/mfbn  Montana Food Bank Network
http://twitter.com/Mid_OHFoodbank   Mid-Ohio FoodBank
http://twitter.com/missingmeals   Second Harvest Heartland
http://twitter.com/NEILB  Northern Illinois Food Bank
http://twitter.com/NNFoodBank  Food Bank of Northern Nevada
http://twitter.com/northernlakesfb  Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
http://twitter.com/ntfb  North Texas Food Bank
http://twitter.com/nwncfoodbank    Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
http://twitter.com/onecanonedollar   Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
http://twitter.com/OreFoodBankFA  Oregon Food Bank
http://twitter.com/ozksfoodharvest  Ozarks Food Harvest, Springfield, MO
http://twitter.com/PghFoodBank  Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
http://twitter.com/refb  Redwood Empire Food Bank, Santa Rosa, CA
http://twitter.com/rfbo  Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (OKC)
http://twitter.com/RIFoodBank  Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Providence
http://twitter.com/safoodbank  San Antonio Food Bank
http://twitter.com/SecondHarvestOH    Second Harvest Ohio
http://twitter.com/semofoodbank   Southeast Missouri Food Bank
http://twitter.com/sffoodbank  San Francisco Food Bank
http://twitter.com/SHFBofMidTN  Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
http://twitter.com/SoTxFoodBank  South Texas Food Bank, Laredo
http://twitter.com/SPFB  South Plains Food Bank, Lubbock
http://twitter.com/stlfoodbank  St. Louis Area Foodbank
http://twitter.com/StMarysFoodBank  St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Phoenix
http://twitter.com/TAFoodbank  Tarrant Area Food Bank, Ft. Worth
http://twitter.com/threesquareLV  Three Square Food Bank, Las Vegas
http://twitter.com/UnitedFoodBank  United Food Bank, Mesa AZ
http://twitter.com/utahfoodbank  Utah Food Bank Services, Salt Lake City
http://twitter.com/VermontFoodbank  Vermont Foodbank, Inc., South Barre
http://twitter.com/WeldFoodBank  Weld Food Bank, Greeley, CO
http://twitter.com/WestOhioFB  West Ohio Food Bank
http://twitter.com/culinarschmooze  Culinary Schmooze
http://twitter.com/schoolsserve  The National School Food Drive
http://twitter.com/famtofamily  Family to Family
http://twitter.com/AggregateND    The Online Carpool for Produce
http://twitter.com/FoodBanking  Global FoodBanking Network
http://twitter.com/IowaFBA  Iowa Food Bank Association
http://twitter.com/northernlakesfb   Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, Duluth
http://twitter.com/FeedingMaine   Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine
http://twitter.com/KimDoyleWille   Kim Doyle Wille
http://twitter.com/MarlitaH   Marlita H
http://twitter.com/angelfrmcanada   Robin and Craig
http://twitter.com/MargaretChoSac   Jeffrey Goldade
http://www.twitter.com/gransome  Gary Ransome
http://www.twitter.com/breadrobin  Robin Stephenson, Bread for the World
https://twitter.com/communityserv   Community Servings, Massachusetts
https://twitter.com/novusint   Jeremy Lutgen,  Novis International
https://twitter.com/HeresLife   Here’s Life Inner City
https://twitter.com/paladinette   Paladinette
https://twitter.com/MetroCareRing  Metro CareRing, Denver
http://twitter.com/aarpwi   AARP Wisconsin
http://twitter.com/onelessmeal   One Less Meal–Double D Diner
http://twitter.com/Tote4Pgh   Sue Kerr,  The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project

Twitter Lists–Hunger Relief (one click following)
http://twitter.com/sharestrength/lists  Share Our Strength (@ShareStrength) is doing a wonderful job of categorizing and listing its stakeholders involved in hunger relief on the Twitter List tool.

Phoebe Russell

This nomination was submitted by Toan Lam, founder of GoInspireGo.com.  The narrative below orignially appeared in the Huffington Post.

Little Phoebe, from San Francisco, California has a big heart. That’s an understatement. Actually, her kindness and compassion is bigger than most grown ups I’ve crossed paths with while reporting TV news for nearly a decade.

It started off with a simple question by Phoebe, an adorable little girl with long brown locks, peach-colored cheeks and big doe eyes, like a character straight out of a Disney after-school special. After seeing a person holding a cardboard sign begging for food, Phoebe wondered, "Why does that man look so sad, and why is he holding a sign in the street?" That question to her parents, during her daily ride to daycare, sparked an idea that has helped feed nearly 18,000 hungry San Franciscans. A grown up conversation ensued. "What can we do to help?" asked Phoebe. Her parents told her about one possible place the hungry could go for help; The food bank. Phoebe also asked Kathleen Albert, her teacher at "With Care Day Care," about the hunger problem. Albert explained that some people fall on hard times and don’t have the basics like food and clothes. Phoebe replied, "I want to raise money for the San Francisco Food Bank to feed hungry people then," she said. Her ambitious goal was to raise $1,000, in two months. Why $1,000? No one knows; Phoebe couldn’t even count denominations of money before the project. "Phoebe focused on the smaller picture, and what she could do," her teacher explained.

She decided to collect cans as a project to complete her mission. Phoebe knew that she could raise money by recycling cans, because her dad would bring her and her sister to trade cans for cash on the weekends. Albert, a spunky, grey-haired woman, with big Coke-bottle round, purple rimmed glasses, who resembles a jovial, energetic, Sunday strip comic book caricature, admits, "Although, I immediately supported Phoebe’s lofty goal, I thought, ‘Caaaaans?’ I didn’t think a 5-year-old could possibly raise that much money in just two months time." And as adults sometimes are…She was wrong. With a little bit of guidance from Albert and a whole lot of support from classmates, Phoebe wrote letters to 150 family, friends, alumni and neighbors. She received 50 responses. Word got around about the 5-year-old girl who wrote, "Dear Family and Friends… My charity project is to raise lots of money for the S.F. Food Bank. They need money. I am collecting soda cans. Would you please give me your soda cans and bring them to With Care… "Donations started pouring in… Friends, family and even anonymous donors dropped off cans, checks and cash at the colorful storybook-looking Victorian in a San Francisco neighborhood which houses Phoebe’s day care. Phoebe’s project, which had started with small donations of $5, $10, then $20 bills, grew exponentially. As, word spread, people started matching donations dollar for dollar. "I was getting cash in the mail, and I thought this is great, I’m getting money in my mailbox," Albert recalls. Albert’s loud, one-two-three eyes-on-me classroom voice softens as she admits, "Does she understand it [the hunger problem] like you and I, no, but she understood something needed to be done. I learned something from her. And when you learn something from children, it’s great!"

Phoebe responded personally to every donation, no matter how large or small. She would skip recess, instead counting money and writing thank-you notes to all who gave. "Little Phoebe was determined and never once complained," says Albert, "They looked at it as, ‘it doesn’t have to be big.’ We talked about it in terms of Barack Obama…and how it was the little money and the little donations. So when people came to the door with one or two cans, people we didn’t even know, she would say, oh, that’s five cents, that’s ten cents, that’s fifteen cents. She understood, that you start off small, and you can make it bigger, bigger, bigger." Fast forward two months. Last June, all of the students at With Care, got dressed to the nines for a big celebration, complete with a ceiling full of colorful balloons, decorations and cake. Phoebe handed over the money and checks she collected in a handmade and hand-colored pencil box with flowers and stickers and colorful stars, to Paul Ash, the Executive Director of the San Francisco Food Bank. Phoebe’s grand total: $3,736.30. How many hungry people will that amount feed? Just ask Phoebe, she’ll tell you "Seventeen-thousand something." The exact amount, according to Ash, 17,800 hungry people will be fed, thanks to Phoebe’s kindness, compassion and determination.

I heard about this story from Gayle Keck, San Francisco Food Bank media relations spokesperson, whom I met while on an assignment, reporting and field-producing for PBS’s California Heartland, a statewide magazine show that focuses on the California’s agriculture and how it affects Californians. Keck and I connected over stories surrounding the spirit of giving and volunteerism. I asked her to keep an eye out for a project I created after getting laid off of my full-time TV reporting job last December, ‘Go Inspire Go’ featuring inspiring stories through videos shared on YouTube, while using social media to create social change. So I was thrilled when Keck told me about this amazing little girl, who at that time had raised just over her goal of $1,000. I thought, great, she raised more than what she had anticipated, so I was shocked, proud and inspired when I heard she raised nearly $4,000! Some people I shared this story with cried. Others told me they’re moved to look within themselves to think about what they can do to better someone else’s life or their community. While Phoebe does not fully comprehend the complicated problems of world hunger, she did know that seeing hungry people made her sad. So she did what she could, and the rest, well…. Oprah, are you listening? Little Phoebe didn’t just inspire the people whom she literally looks up to, she also inspires her fellow little eye-level friends, who also broke open their piggy banks and shared their allowance money to support their phenomenal little playmate. I too, learned from Phoebe’s story, I learned that you never can be too young or too old to make a difference. But if you’re too apathetic or scared, no matter what age, you’ll never create change or improve your life or the life of others. The simple question I pose to you is, if a 5-year-old girl can feed thousands, WHAT CAN YOU DO? "Anything is possible" is a cliché. Except when it isn’t.

Nancy Carrington

Executive Director Nancy Carrington celebrated her 25th year of service to Connecticut Food Bank this past September. In 2008, Connecticut Food Bank distributed more than 16 million pounds of food to community-based food programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and child and adult day-care programs. Today, Connecticut Food Bank distributes 35 tons of food every business day. In addition the CT Food Bank celebrated its 200 millionth pound of donated food this fall. It is quite an acheivement that is bittersweet.