In honor of World Food Day, Tyson Foods will donate nearly 600,000 meals to Feeding America food banks in five states.  The total amount of protein donated is approximately 148,000 pounds.Food banks that will receive the donation include:

  • Food Bank of Delaware, Newark, Delaware:  36,000 pounds
  • Food Bank of Siouxland, Sioux City, Iowa:  22,000 pounds
  • Freestore Foodbank, Cincinnati, Ohio:  30,000 pounds
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank, Geneva, Illinois:  30,000 pounds
  • Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Bethel Heights, Arkansas:  30,000 pounds

“We’re proud to support Feeding America food banks across the country and in our Tyson communities,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods.  “World Food Day reminds us that more than 40 million people in America are food insecure and with the help of organizations like Feeding America, and its network of agencies and volunteers, we hope one day that number will be zero.”

Part of the protein donations for World Food Day are a result of the company’s Miles that Matter program.  For every mile a team member bikes, walks, or runs, Tyson donates a pound of protein to their local food bank. Community running and cycling events are often designated “Triple-Mile Events,” making each mile worth three pounds of protein to further encourage participation and to ensure a robust donation.

Tyson Foods team members from the company’s Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, office who participated in this year’s Miles that Matter campaign donated 22,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Siouxland.

A total of 339,000 miles have been logged this year from team members in 25 Tyson Foods locations participating in Miles that Matter.