Tyson Foods will be donating 30,000 pounds of protein each to the Food Bank of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, N.C.; the Yuma Community Food Bank in Yuma, Ariz.; and the Mississippi Food Network in Jackson, Miss.; each one of the top three vote-getters in a Tyson Foods Facebook poll focusing on hunger awareness.  

Voters were given the choice of 10 food banks located in counties with high food insecurity in the U.S. Nearly 38,000 votes were cast, with community involvement so robust that the seven other food banks in the poll will also receive a donation from the company. “We’re thrilled with the public involvement in the vote and believe it has helped generate more awareness about hunger,” said Ed Nicholson, director of community relations for Tyson. 

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The social media initiative was part of Tyson’s involvement in Hunger Awareness Month and the company’s sponsorship of Feeding America’s effort to encourage more people to become Advocacy Champions for hunger relief.  People who want to join the fight are asked to register with Feeding America’s Hunger Action Center at http://hungeractioncenter.org/.