Five years ago, excited about the possibilities social channels offered to fostering a healthy national discussion about hunger, I posted a piece in this blog entitled “Where’s the Online Discussion About Hunger?” There’s a tremendous hunger community in this country. I’ve learned so much from them over the past thirteen years, and am always interested in being part of the [...]
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 [...]
Jackie Price plans to be a chef someday. For now, she’s just a hero. A senior at Magruder High School in Rockville, Md., Price started her own Great American Bake Sale effort at the age of 13. Four years later, she’s raised nearly $15,000 and is a four-time nominee for Share Our Strength’s GABS Leadership Award. If those efforts weren’t [...]
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 [...]
$500K Grant Will Provide Meals to Children in Need Thursday the corporate campus at Tyson Foods celebrated being named McDonald’s USA’s 2010 Supplier of the Year. But there’s something even more important to cheer about. The honor was primarily earned by the enhanced cost savings, increased sustainable supply and food safety standards that our food service group is delivering. As a McDonald’s [...]
It’s tremendous to see a community-centric lender like Arvest Bank launch a hunger relief campaign this week aimed right where help is needed – at the local level. The Fayetteville-chartered bank started its “1 Million Meals” effort Monday. It’s an incredible pledge to leverage funds and food during the next two months to create one million meals for the needy [...]
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 [...]
We believe one of the biggest challenges facing the hunger movement is the inability of people to recognize food insecurity in their own communities. As the recent FRAC/Tyson study on perceptions of hunger confirmed, many believe hunger is something that happens somewhere else, to someone else. We’ve begun producing a series of video testimonials from now-successful people who at one time in their lives experienced food hardship. The goal [...]
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.
Arkansas—our home state—ranks 11th in the U.S. among states for total agricultural production. Lots of food produced here. Yet according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, it ranks #1—worst—among states with the highest percentage of children at risk of hunger. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe thinks it’s time something is done to erase that paradox. That’s why he was [...]
We’re trying to help The Food Bank for Monterey County (California) get some new friends. Facebook friends, that is. For every new “like” they get on their Facebook page for the next week, we’ll give them 100 pounds of food–up to a 30,000 pound truckload.
Gayle Keck from the San Francisco Food Bank discusses the face of hunger in her community. Tyson will donate 100 lbs. of food to the SF Food Bank for every comment to this post (up to a 30K lbs. truckload)
We started this Twitter list almost two years ago with names of people who have been active (online or offline) in the discussion of hunger. Since then it’s grown as more and more people and organizations find Twitter a valid way to bring the community online. See the list [...]
by John Arnold Executive Director Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank Does How Charity Food Agencies Acquire and Distribute Food Matter? Yes! It does. International award-winning research in West Michigan identified nine key points in the collection and distribution of food where what exactly is done and how it is done makes a huge difference in costs and outcomes–likely enough [...]
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 [...]