Tyson Foods plans to donate more than 85 tons of food – or more than 685,000 meals – to the Washington, D.C. area to help those in need, including federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown. Social service agencies are experiencing increased demand for assistance in the weeks after the government shutdown, so the company is making deliveries to a food bank, a community kitchen and a non-profit group that supports military service members and their families.

“As the largest U.S. food company, we want to do our part to help federal workers and their families who have been going without pay due to the shutdown,” said Justin Whitmore, EVP continuous improvement and chief sustainability officer for Tyson Foods. “We are committed to hunger relief in the United States, and whether a community is struggling with hunger, food insecurity or natural disaster, we’re there to help where help is needed the most.”

The food deliveries will include:

  • Three truckloads of chicken to the Capital Area Food Bank over the next three weeks including one in coordination with the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
  • A shipment of 14,000 pounds of chicken later this month to the DC Central Kitchen, which prepares food for people in need.
  • A 40,000-pound truckload of chicken to the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, on February 6, for distribution by the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO Metro) to Coast Guard workers and their families.

Tyson Foods has a history of partnering with organizations like Feeding America, Share Our Strength and Lift Up America to raise hunger awareness and help feed people in need. Since 2000, the company has donated more than 100 million pounds of protein in the United States.