A good day, with great partners.

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Almost ten years ago, I got a call from John Tyson, who said, “There’s a guy named Dave Hannah who’s going to call you.  He has some good ideas about maybe doing some food donations. At the time, we’d been involved in hunger relief for a while, and had already done some high profile donating.   I was getting quite a few calls from folks who had “good ideas” about food donations.   Quite often these were good people, long on vision, but short on being able to execute.  So when Dave called saying he thought he could get the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins involved in some donation events, I was, well, cautious.  But sure enough, within about three weeks, we had two donation events planned with those teams.   Dave knows how to get things done, and in the time that’s passed, he’s led the creation of Lift Up America, a group of influencers from around the country, focused on creating positive change. In that time, we’ve collaborated on more than a hundred truckload donations with pro and college sports teams all around the country.

We did another Lift Up America donation with the Chiefs yesterday; the tenth we’ve done with the team. More than 60 agencies of Harvesters Community Food Network picked up most of a 30,000 pound truckload of food within about 45 minutes at Arrowhead Stadium.  Dave’s first call after talking with us for the first time was to Clark Hunt, owner of the Chiefs, who graciously and enthusiastically agreed to be part of the donation.  We were honored to have Clark on hand yesterday to MC the donation event.   Also joining were Derrick Johnson, Akeem Jordan, Kendrick Lewis and Dontari Poe, members of the (undefeated!) Chiefs team.

As an added bonus, members of the (undefeated!) Fort Osage High School football team came out and moved a bunch of boxes.

We’re honored and priveleged to be able to associate with all of these folks, including, our own team from the Tyson Olathe, Kansas distribution facility.

KNOW Hunger Video–Spencer Tillman

We met Spencer Tillman through our friends at Lift Up America.  If you’re much of a college football fan, you know who Spencer is.  As lead studio analyst for CBS sports, he’s visible every autumn Saturday afternoon, wherever there’s a “big game,” moving into his current role after a distinguished career in college and pro football.   But when he’s not focused on football, Spencer does an amazing amount of great work to make the world a better place, traveling the country to speak and inspire.  He’s articulate and passionate about changing lives for the better. 

At the request of Lift Up America, Spencer agreed to tell his story as part of our KNOW Hunger video series, in which successful people talk about their own experiences to help educate and inform us about hunger. 

We look forward to seeing Spencer this Friday in his hometown of Tulsa as we do a food donation with Lift Up America and the University of Tulsa.  As you can see from the video, Spencer’s come a long way since graduating from high school there.  If you get a chance to talk with him, you get the feeling that with his boundless energy, intelligence and passsion, we’ll continue to see great things from him.  

Thanks, Spencer!

When a story is told well

Our friends at Capital Area Food Bank of Texas do a tremendous job of using online channels to tell their story.  Here’s a video they produced of a recent collaborative effort among the food bank, Lift Up America and Tyson Foods.  Produced inexpensively.  Posted on YouTube.  Provides a compelling story about the work of the food bank and their agencies.  Gives a nod to their donors.  Everybody wins.
Take a look at some of the other videos on their YouTube channel.

Putting it all together to feed hungry people

Here’s a collection of video from the 2009 Lift Up America donation with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.   89 student athletes, 39 northwest Arkansas non-profit agencies, a 35 lb. truckload of Tyson products came together on one clear, cold Ozark Saturday morning.  It was fun and rewarding.