Another young superstar


7 year-old Cody Mitchell, from the Phoenix area decided he’d have a book sale and food drive.  He raised $878 and 716 pounds of food for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.  
Elizabeth Wunsch created a video about Cody and entered it in the Tyson Foods/ "Make a Movie, Feed Your Community" contest.  Because it was a winning video, a truckload of Tyson products were donated today to St. Mary’s Food Bank. 

Tyson/Tongal Video Winner–Mid Michigan Food Bank

Last fall, and Tyson Foods announced a collaborative effort to raise awareness for hunger relief in America through a video contest. Sonny Geha, a recent graduate of Michigan State University, entered the contest with his video highlighting the Mid-Michigan Food Bank. Geha’s video was selected as one of the top five, and as a result, Tyson Foods donated more than 30,000 pounds of much-needed chicken and beef to the Food Bank this morning.

Gehas’s film, “Mid-Michigan Food Bank: a brighter Michigan,” highlighted the work of volunteers at the Mid-Michigan Food Bank.  In the film, volunteers spoke about the growing need for hunger relief throughout the region. Each year, more than 58,300 people in mid-Michigan receive emergency food assistance through the Mid-Michigan Food Bank’s hunger-relief network. Nearly 30% of those recipients are children.

Guest Post–Melissa Glenn–Good Shepherd Food-Bank

Good Shepherd Food-Bank  from Auburn, Maine, was  recently awarded a truckload of food as a result of Lorraine Aromando’s submission in the Tyson Foods/Tongal "Feed Your Community" video contest, featuring the good work of Chevrus High School.  Melissa Glenn, the Food-Bank’s PR/Events Coordinator submitted this guest post.

When the Food-Bank was notified by Lorraine Aromando that we had been selected to receive 17 TONS of Tyson Chicken because of the video she had submitted highlighting Cheverus High School’s Thanksgiving Food Drive we were thrilled! The need for food has increase enormously over the past three years here in Maine. More than 175,000 Mainers are classified as food insecure; that is an increase of more than 17% since 2007. Quality protein is especially important (and hard to get) so this donation was truly like gold to the Food-Bank and the more than 650 agencies we serve.

It was great to have several of Cheverus High School’s Key Club members visit the Food-Bank the day of the donation. Being at the Food-Bank when the Tyson truck arrived allowed them to truly see the impact they had on their community. Because of their hard work, not only did they provide Thanksgiving baskets to hundred of hungry neighbors, they helped to provide nearly 30,000 meals to those that are hungry throughout Maine. It’s also great to know that these students are the next generation of leaders. We look forward to see what they are going to do next! 

High School Heroes

By Ed Nicholson

Last fall, 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 five winning videos that will receive Tyson donations to their local Feeding America food banks.  We’ll be featuring the other videos as we make food donations in their areas.

I know there’s a lot of concern about the fact that volunteer corps are aging; some wonder as to whether the next generation of hunger fighters will step up.

Here’s something to give you hope.

Good with a video camera? Do some good with your video camera.

We need your help to discover and tell the stories of everyday heroes, Hunger All-Stars, in your community.

Great stories are unfolding all around us. Thoughtful, committed individuals across the country and in our backyards are giving of themselves and their time to keep our friends, family and neighbors from going hungry. Imagine the neighbor who has volunteered for 40 years to feed those in need without ever being noticed or recognized.  Or the child who raised money at the local mall after learning that some of his classmates were going hungry.

In association with we’re seeking short videos that tell the stories of the dedicated men, women and children working to eliminate hunger in your community.

  • The contest will consist of two phases. In Phase One, producers will create and submit their short films spotlighting a local food bank and the people in their communities who are fighting hunger. In Phase Two, members of the Tongal community will watch the videos to predict the winners.
  • Winning video producers will receive up to $2500 and a truckload of Tyson food products (35,000 pounds) donated to their local community food bank.
  • Films should run one to three minutes in length and should exemplify how people make a difference by dedicating time to hunger relief.
  • Tyson Foods will use the winning videos on its web site, blog and other Internet properties to promote the work of Feeding America and Hunger Relief All-Stars across the country.

For complete contest details, visit

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