Tyson Foods Fights Hunger in Birmingham; United Way Community Food Bank in Birmingham will receive 37,440 pounds of protein
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 26, 2006 – Tyson Foods, Inc., (NYSE: TSN) announced today a donation of 37,440 pounds of protein to United Way Community Food Bank in Birmingham. The donation will help serve the more than 300,000 people served by the food bank annually. Children and senior citizens account for an estimated 30 percent of the population served by United Way Community Food Bank. The donation comes in celebration of the 65th annual Magic City Classic in Birmingham. Tyson Foods is a sponsor of a series of events held Oct. 26 through Oct. 28 that includes a parade, tailgate party and pep rally. The series of events ends with a Saturday football game, played between Alabama A & M University and Alabama State University.
Tyson is expected to deliver its donation Thursday at about 2 p.m. to the food bank at 107 Walter Davis Drive in Birmingham. United Way Community Food Bank Executive Director Larry Logan said protein and other perishable items are always more of a challenge to obtain.
“Hunger exists in all neighborhoods and in all communities, and we continue to fight it every day,” said Logan. “However, a protein donation such as the one from Tyson Foods is a particularly welcomed gift because our limited budget sometimes makes it more difficult for us to buy more expensive items such as meat.” Logan said non-perishable items account for about 85 percent of the food distributed from the food bank annually.
The donation is part of a three-year commitment from Tyson Foods to America’s Second Harvest. As part of the initiative, Tyson has pledged to donate at least 10 million pounds of protein to the nationwide food bank network and charitable domestic hunger-relief organization. United Way Community Food Bank is a member of America’s Second Harvest® — The Nation’s Food Bank Network.
Protein is one of the most efficient and long lasting sources of energy. The chicken donated today is one of the most concentrated sources of protein—an essential nutrient of life. The average person—man, woman or child—needs to eat about 0.4 grams of protein for every pound of bodyweight, every day. This is approximately equivalent to five ounces of chicken, beef or pork.
In June, Tyson facilities nationwide kicked off a new program to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood hunger. The program is called Powering the Spirit™ and involves three key components: local fund-raising through cooking and grilling events, sales of a specially produced Tyson cookbook featuring recipes from the kitchens of Tyson team members nationwide; and donation of 75 percent of the proceeds of those fundraising efforts to the community where the money is raised.
About Hunger Relief Nationwide
Tyson has made a significant impact in the fight against hunger nationwide through a partnership with Share Our Strength® and America’s Second Harvest-The Nation’s Food Bank Network. Share Our Strength is a nonprofit that inspires and organizes individuals and businesses to share their strengths in innovative ways to help end childhood hunger in America. America’s Second Harvest is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the country with more than 200 food banks in its network.
Since Tyson’s partnership with hunger relief organizations began in 2000, the company has provided more than 41 million pounds of chicken, beef and pork – supplying more than 164 million meals with essential protein – to benefit more than 400 hunger relief organizations across the U.S. Tyson has made a significant impact leading the fight against hunger through its ongoing partnerships with America’s Second Harvest, Share Our Strength, Lift Up America and others.
According to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey released in August 2005 which studied conditions in 2004, the poverty rate in America rose by 4 percent to 35.9 million people, one-third of which are children. For more information on how to get involved in the fight against hunger go to www.tyson.com, http://www.secondharvest.org or www.strength.org.
United Way Community Food Bank is a member of America’s Second Harvest, The Nation’s Food Network. It serves 170 different participating agencies in a 13-county area which includes central and north central Alabama. The organization was founded in 1982 and is an agency of the United Way of Central Alabama. It distributed 6.6 million pounds of food in 2005.
The Magic City Classic is an annual football game played between Alabama A&M Univeristy and Alabama State University in Birmingham, AL. This year celebrates the 65th Anniversary of the game. The Magic City Classic is the second largest HBCU Football Classic in the country and the largest African-American event in the state of Alabama. For additional information, visit www.themagiccityclassic.com.
America’s Second Harvest® — The Nation’s Food Bank Network is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the country with a Network of more than 200 Member food banks and food - rescue programs serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The America’s Second Harvest Network secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually; and supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 94,000 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and Kids Cafes. Last year, the America’s Second Harvest Network provided food assistance to more than 23 million low-income hungry people in the United States, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors. For more on America’s Second Harvest, please visit www.secondharvest.org
Share Our Strength®, one of the nation’s leading anti-hunger organizations, is fueled by a simple but powerful philosophy: It takes more than food to fight hunger. The organization mobilizes thousands of individuals to organize events, host dinners, teach cooking and nutrition classes to low-income families and serve as anti-hunger advocates. Share Our Strength believes it takes each of us, sharing our strength, to make a difference. Since its founding in 1984, Share Our Strength has raised more than $163 million to support more than 1,000 anti-hunger, anti-poverty organizations worldwide. For more information, please visit www.strength.org.
Tyson Foods, Inc., www.tyson.com, [NYSE: TSN], founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products, which are marketed under the “Powered by Tyson™” strategy. Tyson is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, providing products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. The company has approximately 110,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.
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