Food delivered

Our friends in Yuma thanking their community

Today we delivered the first two donations from the Facebook poll we conducted in September, in which we asked people to vote on the food bank they would support to get a truckload of food.  Ten food banks were selected to be in the poll, from among the most food insecure communities in the U.S.  The top three vote-getters will get a truckload of food this month.  (the rest will get one sometime in the next year).   The winners were Yuma Community Foodbank (pictured above), Foodbank of the Albemarle in North Carolina, and the Mississippi Foodbank Network in Jackson. 

The really cool thing about this whole exercise was watching communties get behind their food banks.  Many got local media involved. There were hundreds of Facebook messages and tweets.  Ultimately there were more than 37 thousand votes. We really appreciate everyone who got involved.   We know the food will disappear fast.  But our ultimate goal with all of this is to create more awareness for local food banks, ultimately, getting more people involved in the fight against hunger.

Facebook Poll Results Announced

Thank you for you for rallying your community and raising hunger awareness during Tyson’s Hunger Action Month Facebook Poll . A total of 37,941 votes were cast.

Congratulations to the top three finishers!

The final results are:

Food Bank of the Albemarle- Elizabeth City, NC: (9,467 votes)
Yuma Community Food Bank- Yuma, AZ: (9, 435 votes)
Mississippi Food Network- Jackson, MS: (3, 425 votes)
Montgomery Area Food Bank, Inc.: (3, 136 votes)
Central Virginia Food Bank- Richmond, VA: (2,665 votes)
Mid-South Food Bank- Memphis, TN: (2, 515 votes)
Lowcountry Food Bank- Charleston, SC: (2,236 votes)
Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc.: (1,931 votes)
Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana- Monroe, LA: (1,867 votes)
Feeding the Valley Food Bank- Columbus, GA: (1,264 votes)

The top three finishers will receive a truckload of food in the next month or so. BUT, since participation has been so great, we’ve decided that sometime in the next year, all the participating foodbanks will get a truckload of food. It will probably take us a while to get to everyone, but we will. Thanks again for your participation.

Please stay involved in hunger relief.   A great way to start is by connecting with our local foodbank or going to Feeding America’s Hunger Action Center.   The need is so great, and there’s so much to be done.

Facebook poll–help us decide on a donation–3 days left

Click here to cast your vote.

You have until Friday at midnight to cast your vote in the Facebook poll for the foodbank from the list you think should receive a truckload of food from Tyson Foods.   The three top vote getters will each receive a truckload of food within the next month to six weeks. We’ve had some great participation in the polls, with over 20,000 votes cast as of this writing.    We’ve also had some very good questions about how and why we’re doing this.  For example:

Q.  How were the foodbanks selected, and why is my foodbank not on the list–we have a lot of hungry people in our community?
A.  The foodbanks are from among U.S communities with the highest rates of per capita food insecurity in the country. Feeding America’s research staff helped us identify them.  The management of the food banks selected also agreed to be part of this poll.  We know there are a lot of communities in need. We wish we could eliminate that need, but are glad there are people like you involved.

Q.  Why do you have to have winners and losers?  Why can’t you just donate to all of them?
A.  Though we have donated to all of them at one time or another (and will again), at this time, we only have three truckloads to work with.  Part of the goal is to get people involved with the foodbanks in their own communities (which supports our overall KNOW Hunger objectives). Maybe you’ve never been involved with your local foodbank before.  If you take a minute to vote for your foodbank, maybe you’ll take a another minute to find out a little more about them and hunger in your community.  Maybe that connection will be the start of a relationship that keeps you involved with fighting hunger.  So even if your foodbank doesn’t win the food, it wins new champions like you.  

Q.  What do you mean by “protein?” 
A.  There’s about a 99% chance it will be frozen chicken.

Q.  Will you be doing this again?
A.  Perhaps.  We’d appreciate any feedback you might offer. 

Click here to vote in the poll. 

This is all being done in conjunction with Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month.  Another thing we’re doing in support is encouraging everyone to go to Feeding America’s Hunger Action Center, and sign up to be a Hunger Champion.  Get involved.  KNOW Hunger in your community.