Press Release: LULAC and Tyson Foods Donation Helps Illustrate the Pathway to Hunger Relief.
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and area agencies receive 15 tons of protein.
Febrero 20, 2009
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Springdale, Ark. - Feb. 20, 2009 – Each week in Northwest Arkansas nearly 100,000 individuals experience hunger. Today, representatives from Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) and the national board of directors of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) joined together at Tyson headquarters to illustrate how food makes it from production to plate in the effort to bring hunger relief to local families. The donation event included a demonstration of the partnership between Tyson Foods, LULAC, the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and the hundreds of community pantries and service organizations that distribute the food to area residents in need.
“We have a great partnership between Tyson and Feeding America, and it’s really been exciting to bring LULAC into that partnership,” stated Ed Nicholson with Tyson Foods. “We believe LULAC councils from around the country can be catalysts in creating connections between agencies that feed the hungry in Hispanic communities, and the local food banks.”
In Northwest Arkansas the fight against hunger includes a network of community food pantries and non-profit agencies that work through the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank to secure and distribute food to families in need.
“Arkansas is ranked fifth among the states with the highest food insecurity according to the Hunger Almanac,” said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. “14.7 percent of the state’s population is hungry every day.”
“At the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank we provide low-cost food to the hundreds of pantries and agencies that are on the front lines of hunger relief,” said Marge Wolf executive director of the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. “Donations of poultry and other high protein foods are especially valuable as they allow us to provide our clients with more healthy, nutritious options.”
According to Feeding America and the Hunger Almanac, more than 12.4 million children in the U.S. are at risk for hunger. USDA reports indicate that even mild under-nutrition experienced by young children during critical periods of growth impacts the behavior of children, their school performance and their overall cognitive development.
Tyson Foods and Hunger Relief
“Tyson Foods understands that many families face language and cultural barriers when they are at risk for hunger and seeking assistance. We are committed to providing nutritious meals to families who are looking for help,” said Raul Lagos, manager of multicultural community relations for Tyson Foods. “This contribution builds upon our three-year, 1 million pound commitment with LULAC to address the issue of hunger in the Hispanic community.”
For more information on how to get involved in the fight against hunger, go to hungerrelief.tyson.com.
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank was established in 1988 by a group of concerned citizens who saw the need for hunger assistance in Northwest Arkansas. Over the past 20 years, the Food Bank has grown to serve citizens of Benton, Washington, Madison, and Carroll counties, a commitment still strong today. Each year, the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank distributes over two million pounds of food in Benton, Washington, Madison, and Carroll counties. It is through partnerships with over 150 member agencies that we are able to reach out to those in need. The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has approximately 115,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. It is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups. For more information, go to www.lulac.org.
Tyson Foods, Inc. [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 production 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 and is the recognized market
leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides
products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than
90 countries. The company has approximately 107,000. 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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