“The donation from Tyson will help us meet the demand for food assistance,” food bank executive director Anne Register told the Wire. “And best of all, we will be able to provide high-quality protein – a product that is greatly needed in food banks – to our recipients.”
The chicken, which will make 175,000 meals, is an early step in Tyson’s partnership with anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Tyson has committed $10 million in support to the group over the next three years, including 6.5 million pounds of chicken.
The donation also commemorates the company’s 65th anniversary.
In 1999, the Second Harvest Food Bank distributed 7.2 million pounds of food and other groceries to 475 not-for-profit agencies and churches as well as to food banks in other areas. Combined, those organizations fed 800,000 people last year.
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