To break into the national consciousness anymore it seems you have to either shout something divisive or unearth a scintillating scandal. Nothing chews up a month of news cycle like imaginary girlfriends, sports doping and apocalyptic gun-control debates. Old standbys such as hunger and under nourishment don’t stand a chance. Maybe if the hunger-relief community was advocating for packin’ heat [...]
Before I go further, let me state the following is my personal opinion, not necessarily that of Tyson Foods, or anyone else in the company. I ran across a post on my Facebook news feed yesterday from Feeding America talking about their Invest an Acre partnership with Monsanto, ADM, and the Howard Buffett Foundation, in which they’re encouraging farmers to pledge an acre of their [...]
We’ve upped the ante! Now we’re going to donate 100 pounds of food for every share of this fact on your favorite social network! Nearly half of those served by Gleaners Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan in Detroit are children and seniors. Share this message on any of your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+), and Tyson Foods will [...]
We’re doing a little experiment this month. As part of Hunger Action Month we’re using Facebook to ask the public to cast votes for food banks located in ten areas rated among the highest with food insecurity. The three food banks earning the most votes will receive a 30,000 pound truckload of protein each. You can begin voting for your food bank of choice [...]
The Tyson KNOW Hunger campaign, launched a couple of weeks ago, is based on our own experience–and a nationwide survey we conducted with FRAC–that indicates often people see hunger as a national problem, but not so much in their own communities. This week Feeding America launched a phenomenal new tool to illustrate the face of hunger in the U.S. Their Map [...]
Social media for social good expert Beth Kanter interviews Dan Michel, Digital Marketing Manager for Feeding America on how his group measures online ROI.
People who work in non-profits often see the incongruous phenomenon of many who have little giving a tremendous amount, either of their time, energy or their limited money. Here Joanne Batson, CEO of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia describes one such example. This serves as an inspiration for us as we move into the holiday season. Do you have examples from your [...]
Bart Brown is the President/CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest, the Feeding America member food bank in Springfield, Missouri. Here he talks about the great work of the food bank. I was particularly touched by a story he told of a child who depended on the school backpack program, the son of a substance abusing mother, who had to hide his food, saving cans over months so he’d have enough to hold him over during school holidays.
LULAC National President Rosa Rosales; Bob Jilbert, Roadrunner Food Bank; Tyson Team Members; LULAC Board Members Four years ago, Tyson Foods and Feeding America formed an innovative partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), in which we committed to collaboratively donating one million pounds of food into communities with significant Hispanic populations [...]
I originally put this post up last February. As we near the end of the school year, it’s important to consider just how important school lunch is to the nutritional needs of some kids. And what is going to happen in a few weeks when summer vacation begins. By Ed Nicholson photo by eyeliam–Creative Commons A colleague of mine [...]
We started this Twitter list over a year ago with names of peope who have been active (online or offline) in the discussion of hunger. Since then it’s grown as more and more people find Twitter a valid way to bring the community online. From time to time, I’ll re-tweet the URL to this post. If you’d like your name [...]
Participants in the WeCanEndThis Cause Lab By Ed Nicholson On Monday, I had the privilege of sitting in on the first WeCanEndThis Cause Lab, a day-long think tank at the annual South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, focused on arriving at new solutions to the problem of hunger in the U.S. Big vision guy, Scott Henderson conceived [...]
By Ed Nicholson Last fall, Tongal.com and Tyson Foods announced a collaborative effort to raise awareness for hunger relief in America through a video contest. Thanks to Lorraine Arromando’s video highlighting Cheverus High School’s annual Thanksgiving food drive, Tyson Foods donated more than 35,000 pounds of chicken to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank this morning. This is the first of the [...]
High School Students in Las Vegas Fighting Hunger for Three Square Food Bank By Ed Nicholson Take a look around food banks, food pantries and hunger relief organizations, and you’ll see some phenomenal volunteers; engaged, dedicated, selfless, energetic, intelligent, passionate. Problem is, a whole lot of these volunteers are, shall we say, of "a certain age." (And I [...]
Tony and Dolly Ellis Tyson started working in hunger relief in 2000. We were pretty proud of ourselves when we first got into fight against hunger. After all, we were donating several million pounds of much-needed protein a year to hunger relief. But it didn’t take long for us to get humbled. First off, our donations, as large [...]