Tyson Foods awarded $1.5 million in grants to 63 non-profit organizations to support hunger relief and community assistance programs, the company announced. These donations are part of a nationwide philanthropy program supported by Tyson Foods and include most Feeding America member food banks.
The grants from Tyson Foods’ Social Investment Committee will fund a variety of programs to address hunger relief through backpack programs, mobile food pantries and more.
“We’re committed to relieving hunger and are honored to support organizations that work hard every day to help communities impacted by food insecurity,” said Tim Grailer, sr. director of business operations, sustainability & strategy, Tyson Foods. “These grants will support hunger relief agencies across the country increase their capacity and provide greater access to protein.”
These national grants were awarded in response to requests by food banks to support food assistance programs, as well as local first responders seeking to improve the efficiency of their operations.
“More than 38 million people, including 12 million children, are food insecure in America,” said Lauren Biedron, vice president, corporate partnerships, Feeding America. “The Feeding America network of food banks is working hard to meet the needs of communities facing hunger across the country. We are grateful for Tyson’s longstanding commitment to helping our neighbors who may not know where they will find their next meal.”
As reported in the recent 2021 Sustainability Report, the company donated more than 16 million pounds of protein, valued at $36 million and equivalent to 64 million meals, to support food banks, pantries and hunger relief organizations.
Tyson Foods is committed to helping those in need and serving communities where its team members work, live and play. The company strives to be the most sought-after place to work and ensure team members have the tools and resources they need to be successful. As we look for new ways to offer support and care for our people, we’ve piloted subsidized and onsite childcare, seven near-site health centers, legal and citizenship support for immigrant team members and we recently announced free education assistance for all U.S. team members. We’re also helping address the barriers of transportation through a growing ride-share program that provides a low-cost way to commute to work at Tyson.