Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” What are we doing for our communities, our animals, and our planet that makes the world a better place than we found it? It’s an important question with no one simple answer or solution, but a main focus at Tyson Foods for many years has been addressing the very real and prevalent problem of hunger in our society.
That’s why after donating 100 million pounds of food over the past 15 years, we’ve made a renewed commitment to hunger relief. We announced our pledge last fall for $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years in the fight against hunger, with a special focus on innovative initiatives at the local level.
We are so proud to be supporting the dedicated individuals on the front lines of fighting hunger in their communities like Lola Stephens-Bell of Austin, Texas, who runs a restaurant where she serves free, hot, homemade meals in addition to devoting several days a week to drive food directly to the underserved people of Austin.
Last Friday, in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and National Day of Service, we were so very grateful to honor Lola’s service to her community by announcing the donation of a year’s worth of protein and also unveiling and presenting a refurbished bus that we customized to help Lola more effectively deliver meals to her community.
We know we can’t solve hunger alone. It’s the organizations and heroes in communities all over the country who are doing the real work. We’re proud to support those who are fighting hunger across the country and shine a spotlight on individuals making a big difference in innovative ways and above all else- helping others.
As a company and as culture we can learn much from Dr. King’s legacy, but we must do so not only in words, but in action.
The world needs more Lolas.
So we’d like to take today and say thank you, Lola, and thank you, Dr. King, for always seeking to help others before yourselves — because that is how you make a real difference.
Do you know someone making a difference in your community? Let us know here: http://www.tysonhungerrelief.com/tellus/.
Donnie Smith is President and CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc.