A Message From Vicki Escarra, President and CEO, America’s Second Harvest




Vicki Escarra, President and CEO, America’s Second Harvest

As we all read in the news, times are difficult for families all across America. The economic climate is forcing men, women, and families to cut back on spending, and often forcing them to sacrifice important essentials-including food. 

The America’s Second Harvest network of food banks is seeing demand increasing at an unprecedented rate. In a recent survey of our members, 99 percent of our members reported that more clients are asking for support-with average increases in demand ranging from 15 to 20 percent. Nearly all cited the rising costs of food and fuel as the reason more and more Americans need to turn to their local charitable feeding agency for help. 
In these tough times, our partners-including Tyson-donate food and funds that help to meet this increasing demand. But to truly respond to those in need, we’re asking individuals across the country to step up to the plate and help fight hunger in their community and across the country. You can visit www.secondharvest.org to find your nearest food bank and to make a donation to our nationwide efforts. 


CMT One Country and Tyson Foods Team Up with America’s Second Harvest to Celebrate New Season of “Country Fried Home Videos”





CMT and Tyson will Make a “Country Fried” Donation
For Every Click on CMTONECOUNTRY.com

NASHVILLE – July 17, 2008 – CMT One Country and Tyson have teamed up to donate a heapin’ helping of fried chicken to America’s Second Harvest to celebrate an all-new season of the popular CMT series, COUNTRY FRIED HOME VIDEOS.  Beginning in July, CMT One Country and Tyson will donate one pound of fried chicken to America’s Second Harvest for every person that visits www.CMTONECOUNTRY.com and clicks on the “donation box” over the course of the 12-week series.  COUNTRY FRIED HOME VIDEOS, hosted by Bill Engvall, airs Fridays at 9:00-9:30 p.m., ET/PT, on CMT.

Read more here.

Tyson Receives A2H Protein Donor of the Year Award



Pictured above:  Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of America’s Second Harvest; Susan Brockway, Tyson Community Relations Manager; Peter Dunn, President of the Board, America’s Second Harvest.

 Tyson donated more than four million pounds of poultry and meat products last year to member food banks of America’s Second Harvest–the Nation’s Food Bank Network.  As a result of these donatons, Tyson was named the 2007 America’s Second Harvest Protein Donor of the Year.
 Tyson’s support also includes workshop presentations at the America’s Second Harvest annual Food Conference; involvement of company Team Members at local food bank events; introduction of America’s Second Harvest as a partner with Tyson and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in an initiative focused on hunger in the Hispanic and Latino communities; support of Hunger Awareness Day; and recent disaster support for member food banks affected by flooding in the Midwest.