As one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef, and pork, Tyson Foods and our over 115,000 Team Members work hard every day to make great food. We believe in giving back to those communities where we live and work. This philosophy is woven into the culture and mindset of our company and is reflected in our Core Values. We’re proud of the many contributions made both by the company and our Team Members, through their participation and assistance to nonprofit organizations, both in Northwest Arkansas and in our locations throughout the United States.

Hunger Relief
Tyson Foods’ national philanthropic focus is hunger relief. We partner with all of the nation’s major hunger relief organizations, including Share Our Strength, Lift Up America, Feeding America, and the Food Research and Action Center. From May 2000 through September 2012, Tyson Foods has donated more than 89 million pounds of protein to hundreds of food banks, food pantries, and relief agencies in 48 states. In fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012 these donations totaled over 18-million pounds, valued at more than $23 million.

In 2011, we initiated the KNOW Hunger campaign. The campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. The campaign included a study commissioned by Tyson Foods and the Food Research and Action Center on public perceptions of hunger, as well as a commitment to donate one-million pounds of protein to food banks in 23 U.S. markets during the month of March 2011. More information regarding our hunger relief efforts and the KNOW Hunger campaign can be found at

Beyond our corporate contributions to end hunger, our Team Members, communities, customers, and suppliers work to have a meaningful impact on hunger in the United States. Below are a few examples of these efforts.

  • In November 2011, Tyson Foods supported McDonald’s annual Cans for Coffee food drive for the fourth consecutive year by donating 38,000 pounds of protein in an effort to fight hunger. Ozarks Food Harvest distributed the food to its network of more than 300 member charities throughout the Ozarks. McDonald’s Cans for Coffee food drive encourages participants to donate a non-perishable food item in exchange for one free small coffee or hot chocolate.
  • In September 2011, Tyson Foods, joined with MillerCoors, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to lend a helping hand in the fight against hunger by donating more than 30,000 pounds of food to the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). This protein donation will be distributed to the ACFB's more than 700 partner agencies throughout 38 counties in metro Atlanta and North Georgia.
  • Tyson Foods, Cobb-Vantress, Inc., (a subsidiary of Tyson Foods), and Ikirara Investments maintain support of a project aimed at easing the hunger of the local people of Musanze in Rwanda. While Tyson Foods has no financial investment in Ikiraro or the project, it is supplying technical expertise in poultry production and husbandry to enable Rwandans to become more knowledgeable and self-sufficient in the production of food. In August 2011, a project to improve protein consumption for many Rwandans, began producing about 2,200 eggs per day. 
  • More than 1.1 million New Jersey residents are food insecure according to Feed America, and every week thousands of people receive emergency food assistance through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s network of partner agencies. In June 2011, Tyson Foods, Inc. donated a truckload of much needed protein to the FoodBank’s southern branch, for the 11th consecutive year.

Charitable Giving
During fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012 Tyson Foods corporate giving provided monetary contributions totaling $10 million, both in the company’s corporate hometown areas of Northwest Arkansas and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, and throughout our plant communities. These contributions ranged from sponsorships and support of various nonprofit fundraisers and campaigns to monetary and product donations for local schools, grass roots community efforts for education, health and human services, families, and the environment.

Specifically, $4.7 million of the total $10 million were installment payments for various community “bricks and mortar” building and renovation campaigns, including new or renovated facilities for children and family shelters, hospitals, libraries, community parks and recreation centers. When completed, these projects will total $14.9 million in community investments.

Homes for our Troops Logo Team Members Build a Hero’s Home
In October 2011, Tyson Foods’ River Valley Animal Foods Team Members from Scranton, Arkansas, and Clarksville, Arkansas, mobilized to provide food during a Homes for Our Troops home-building event. Army Sergeant Marco Robledo, a Clarksville resident, lost his left arm and leg in 2007 in an explosion while serving in Iraq. The national non-profit organization Homes for Our Troops provided Sergeant Robledo with a new handicap-accessible home at no cost. Team Members from Scranton and Clarksville donated food to be served on all three days of the event. During the event, volunteers from both facilities cooked food for the building crew.

Combining our monetary and product donations for fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012, Tyson Foods is proud to have contributed over $10 million in grants to our communities and various hunger relief efforts. Tyson Foods’ corporate giving, volunteerism, and support for charitable causes in Arkansas earned our company the 2010 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation award from the Arkansas Community Foundation.

Tyson Foods’ Fiscal Year 2011 - 2012 Corporate Donations At or Above $20,000
(*denotes multi-year pledge)

American Cancer Society, Springdale, AR
Adult Development Center / Open Avenues, Rogers, AR*
American Red Cross, Washington, DC
Arkansas Activities Association, North Little Rock, AR*
Arkansas Athletes Outreach, Fayetteville, AR*
Auburn University Foundation, Auburn, AL*
Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation, Sedalia, MO*
Boys and Girls Home of Sioux City, Sioux City, IA*
The Bridge School, San Francisco, CA
Circle of Life Hospice, Springdale, AR
City of Emporia, Emporia, KS
City of Sioux City, Sioux City, IA*
Committee Against Spousal Abuse (CASA), Pine Bluff, AR*
Childrens House, Springdale, AR*
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR*
First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, Rogers, AR*
Garden City Family YMCA, Garden City, KS*
Green Forest Education Foundation, Inc., Green Forest, AR*
Hispanic Women's Organization of AR, Springdale, AR
Honor Flight Northwest Arkansas, Bentonville, AR
John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR*
Jones Center for Families, Springdale, AR*
Louisa County Fair Board, Columbus City, IA
Monett Area YMCA (Ozarks Regional YMCA), Monett, MO*
National FFA Foundation, Indianapolis, IN*
New Holland Recreation Center, New Holland, PA*
Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Waterloo, IA*
Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, Bentonville, AR*
Northwest Arkansas Community College Foundation, Bentonville, AR*
Northwest Arkansas Council, Fayetteville, AR
Northwest Arkansas Free Health Clinic, Fayetteville, AR*
Peace at Home Family Shelter, Fayetteville, AR*
Perry Economic Development Inc., (Des Moines Area Community College) Perry, IA*
The Poultry Federation, Little Rock, AR*
Scranton Public Schools, Scranton, AR
St. Francis House/Community Clinic of NWA, Springdale, AR*
Washington Regional Hospice, Fayetteville, AR
Upper White River Basin Foundation (Ozarks Water Watch), Kimberling City, MO
Waldron Public Schools, Waldron, AR
Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR

* Denotes multi-year pledge

Tyson Foods is also proud to partner with the United Way to support many non-profit organizations providing valuable services in the areas of education, income, and health to the communities in which we live and work. From fiscal years 2007 through 2012, Tyson Foods and its Team Members contributed more than $9.5 million to United Way chapters in our areas of operation nationwide through our annual United Way drive and company match for Team Member contributions. In the three-year period for fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012, those donations equaled $5.9 million.

Tyson Foods is committed to providing charitable contributions that make a difference for our Team Members, their families, and the communities in which they live and work. Accordingly, during fiscal year 2012, an evaluation and restructuring of our corporate charitable giving programs resulted in strategic program changes, including new and targeted focus areas for our corporate giving. In addition to hunger relief, which remains our national philanthropic focus, the following focus areas for corporate grant funding were established:

  • Health and Human Services
  • Education
  • Community Development
  • Military and Veterans

These changes will help us better focus our giving to be more aligned with our business and to truly make a difference within our communities. To learn about our existing initiatives and new areas of focus, visit our Charitable Giving Guidelines page.

2011 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award
Chris Sparks, Distribution Manager, accepts award.
In March 2012, Tyson Foods’ Olathe, Kansas, Distribution Center was honored by the Olathe Chamber of Commerce with the 2011 Corporate Citizen of the Year Award. The award recognizes the outstanding support given to the community throughout the year.

Team Members at the distribution center regularly donate their time and money in many ways, and the award reflects those efforts.

Disaster Relief Throughout our company’s history, our Team Members have always been quick to respond when disaster strikes in or near their communities. Because we are in the business of feeding people, our most natural and effective response has been to prepare and serve food to victims and relief workers at disaster sites.

Meals that Matter™ Disaster-Relief Truck In April 2012, we unveiled a new tool for use in disaster response. As part of Tyson Foods’ Meals that Matter™ program, the company outfitted a 53-foot semi-trailer with enough refrigerated space to store up to 20,000 pounds of chicken, beef, and pork; a 5,500-watt generator; and satellite communications. The trailer will serve as a central supply unit at disaster sites. With the exception of a grill, the Meals that Matter unit has everything needed to set up and run a cooking site including: full refrigeration, tents and lights, sanitation equipment, cooking and serving supplies, a generator, hydraulic lift, and even a Wi-Fi hot spot for Internet connections via satellite. Mobile grills will be supplied, as needed, by Tyson Foods’ plant locations. More than 40 facility locations are currently capable of responding to disasters by sending grills and Tyson Foods’ volunteers to cook food.

In the wake of most “national scale” disasters such as September 11, 2001; Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Sandy; and the devastating tornadoes and floods of 2011, we have been proud to respond and provide much needed meal assistance. In 2010, the company also donated $100,000 to the Salvation Army for relief efforts in Haiti, and over $30,000 in 2011 to match Team Member contributions to the American Red Cross for Pacific Tsunami relief.

Typically, our disaster response occurs in or near the communities in which we have Team Members. A few examples of these efforts are shared below.

  • Meals that Matter™ Disaster-Relief Truck in Joplin, MissouriIn May 2012, thousands gathered in Joplin, Missouri, to commemorate the anniversary of the devastating tornado that struck in May 2011. Many who gathered for the commemoration ceremony joined in a four-mile “unity walk” that followed the path of the tornado’s destruction through Joplin. The crowd then gathered at Cunningham Park for a minute of silence at 5:41 p.m., the time the tornado first hit the city. Tyson Foods Team Members from our Missouri locations in Noel and Monett, our corporate offices in Springdale, and our Chick ‘n’ Quick location in Rogers were on hand to help feed the people who gathered for the event, as they had helped during the crisis one year ago. Our new Meals that Matter™ disaster-relief truck was in Joplin on Tuesday to assist the cook teams.
  • Alltech AwardOur poultry complex in Snead, Alabama, was recognized in February 2012 for its disaster-relief work provided during the April 2011 outbreak of deadly tornadoes. On April 27 and 28 of 2011, a record tornado outbreak, including four rated “EF5,” struck Alabama. Eight Tyson Foods locations deployed cook teams. In addition to the 150 Team Members who volunteered their help, Tyson Foods donated a total of 209,635 pounds of protein, one truckload of tortillas, and six truckloads of ice. David Pruett, Tyson Foods’ Grow-Out Breeder and Hatchery Manager in Snead, Alabama, accepted the award on behalf of the Alabama complex from John Putnam of Alltech. The inscription reads, “Alltech recognizes Tyson Foods’ Snead Alabama Complex for their outstanding service and dedication to tornado disaster relief.”
  • In June 2011, with the Missouri River expected to crest at record levels due to snow melt, hundreds of Team Members from our Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, offices and Dakota City, Nebraska, location volunteered long hours to do everything they could to prepare for massive flooding. Team Member packed more than 500 sack lunches to send out to a half-dozen locations in the area where members of the South Dakota National Guard and volunteers were loading sandbags as fast as they could. Many Team Members also volunteered to help load and stack sandbags to build emergency barriers to control flooding and damage to homes.
  • In May 2011, Tyson Foods’ Value Added Meal Solutions Team partnered with Rebuilding Together of Northwest Arkansas to help complete a house for a Desert Storm veteran whose home was destroyed by a tornado in December 2010. The house was located near Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and was destroyed when a tornado swept through Cincinnati, Arkansas, and the surrounding area. Rebuilding Northwest Arkansas supplied the team with work gloves and T-shirts. The team landscaped, painted, installed siding, built small buildings, and completed other projects around the home to provide a good place to live for someone who was in need. In all, the team contributed 35 people for three hours of work to provide more than 100-volunteer hours.
  • In April 2011, Team Members from our Sanford, North Carolina, location responded quickly to help a fellow Team Member who lost his house and everything in it to a devastating tornado. Through several fundraisers, Team Members were able to collect more than $1,750 in cash for the Team Member who lost his house and everything in it. Team Members donated clothing and shoes to the Team Member and his family. Furniture and other household items were donated after the family was able to move into a new home. The team at Sanford also donated 50 hams to help their local food bank to provide much needed protein to other victims of the tornado in the area.

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