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

For more information contact:
Gary Mickelson, Tyson Foods Inc., 479-290-6111
Michael Clark, Mitchell Communications Group, 479-443-4673
Lizette Jenness Olmos, LULAC, 202-365-4553
Marge Wolf, Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, 479-872-8774

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
Since 2000, Tyson Foods has been a leader in the fight against hunger. The company is actively engaged in food donation events and fund-raising activities year-round to benefit those in need. The protein given by Tyson today brings the company’s total in-kind donations since 2000 to more than 54 million pounds. This milestone equates to more than 216 million meals donated to food banks and agencies serving local communities around the country. Last year alone, Tyson donated nearly 12 million pounds of protein to Feeding America.

“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.”

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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

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. Visit for more details

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