Corporate Social Responsibility

Making a difference. It’s a bold claim and an ambitious aspiration. All of us want be part of something that makes a difference in this world. We’re proud to make a difference in our communities, our country, and our world by helping feed the hungry, supporting our communities, making charitable donations, and assisting during times of natural disaster.

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Total Charitable Donations in Fiscal 2015

More than $8 million was donated in fiscal year 2015.

Hunger Relief

From our thousands of food bank donations over the years, grants to community organizations, and hunger related volunteerism, we continue to focus on hunger relief efforts.

  • 9+ million pounds of food donated.

  • We donated more than nine million pounds of food in Fiscal 2015, with over 100 million pounds donated since 2000.

In honor of this milestone, we pledged to donate $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years with a special focus on innovative initiatives at the local level.

Our Hunger Relief Program

This year marks the 15th anniversary of support for our Hunger Relief Program, which is designed to encourage people to KNOW the scope of hunger in their own communities and get involved in relief efforts.

Partnering with National Urban League

In 2012, we began a partnership with National Urban League that allowed us to take our KNOW Hunger campaign to select urban communities in our footprint.

Spanish American Civic Association
Spanish American Civic Association

In fiscal year 2015, we donated $50,000 to the Spanish American Civic Association (SACA) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to assist with the expansion of their neighborhood meal program.

Food Pantry
On-Campus Hunger Relief Programs

We donated $225,000 to the University of Arkansas’ Center for Community Engagement and the Volunteer Action Center to help two vital on-campus hunger relief programs continue to flourish: Razorback Food Recovery and the Jane B. Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry.

No Kid Hungry

We serve as a national No Kid Hungry Starts with Breakfast sponsor and hosted No Kid Hungry bloggers for corporate and school feeding program visits.

Meals that Matter® Disaster Relief Team

Our Meals that Matter disaster relief team, with cook teams from our Texarkana, DeQueen, Broken Bow and Grannis locations, were on site in Nashville, Arkansas, in May 2015 to help serve 3,000 meals to victims and first responders following a devastating tornado in the area.

Hunger Walk Chicago Hunger Walk
Fighting Hunger in our Communities

More than 100 Chicago team members participated in the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 30th Annual Hunger Walk, Chicago’s largest anti-hunger rally that raises awareness and benefits Cook County’s food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.

NWA Pack Shack

Our Northwest Arkansas team members and their families turned out in droves March 14, 2015, to pack more than 125,000 meals for The Pack Shack’s NWA vs. Hunger, a three-day hunger-relief activity.

Siouxland Pack Shack

More than 370 Tyson Fresh Meats’ team members and their families filled the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa, on November 1, 2014, to pack more than 165,000 meals for the Siouxland vs Hunger: Feed the Funnel Party.

Proud Sponsor of D.C. Central Kitchen

We’re a proud sponsor of D.C. Central Kitchen (DCCK), an organization working to reduce hunger through recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

We’ll be sponsoring DCCK’s Campus Kitchens Project annual Food Waste and Hunger Summit in 2016 at the University of Arkansas campus. Last year we provided support through donations of valuable protein for DCCK feeding programs and as the Presenting Sponsor of the organization’s premier fundraiser, the Capital Food Fight.

As part of the event, one of our chefs worked alongside DCCK Culinary Job Training Program students to teach them skills and showcase their creations. These students are part of a unique and renowned program that helps change the lives of unemployed men and women and provide opportunities in the hospitality industry.

Supporting the Unsung Heroes of Hunger Relief

We know our company’s donations of cash and product for hunger relief make a difference, but we also know we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’re seeking out the unsung heroes who work hard every day to feed their neighbors and find innovative solutions to end hunger.

Health and Nutrition

Action for Healthy Kids

We partnered with Action for Healthy Kids to implement, Game On, in 44 Arkansas and Illinois schools. This program educates children and families about better health practices, and enhances policies so that increased physical activity and better nutrition become sustainable parts of the school environment.

Boys and Girls Club

Over the past two summers, we’ve provided funding to the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County Arkansas for their Summer Nutrition Program, which includes two nutritious meals and a snack each weekday, and also includes the Healthy Habits and Cooking Matters curricula for nutrition education.

Education

Single Parent Scholarship Fund

We donated $250,000 to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas (SPSF NWA) for the Pathway to Prosperity Endowment Campaign. The SPSF NWA makes it their mission to help single parent families become financially stable and independent. The donation helped the campaign reach $2.5 million toward its $3 million goal and established the Tyson Foods Graduate Scholarships.

Spark

For the past two years, our Chicago office has helped underserved middle school students reengage in their education through hands-on apprenticeships and leadership curriculum. The program – known as Spark – selects a seventh or eighth grade student and pairs the student with a professional mentor, who guides a workplace apprenticeship around an interest-driven project.

Environment and Sustainable Agriculture

Tyson Foods Fellows® Program

We developed the Tyson Foods Fellows program to share our knowledge about food production, agriculture, and sustainability with people in need around the world. By engaging our team members to work with partner organizations on specific projects, we hope to extend our reach beyond our domestic hunger relief efforts to areas of the world that rely on subsistence agriculture and don’t have the capabilities of producing a sustainable source of food. Aside from giving food or money, we know that teaching others can have a far-reaching and long-lasting impact, long after we leave.

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

In 2015, we were a proud sponsor of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award. Established in 1991, the Environmental Stewardship Award provides an opportunity for the beef industry to showcase the stewardship, conservation and business practices that work together on farms and ranches. Seven families were honored for their outstanding land management practices during the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference.

Kings River Tree Planting
The Nature Conservancy

Conserving the waterways of northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri is the focus of a new collaboration between The Nature Conservancy and Tyson Foods. We presented a $500,000 check that will go toward conserving water quality in streams and lakes throughout northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri. The money will help fund stream restoration, reforestation, erosion prevention, unpaved road improvements, watershed research and community engagement in conservation projects throughout the area, including the Kings, Elk and Buffalo Rivers. The funding also supported the creation of a new position coordinating the program’s work.

Community Development

Pattee Park Soccer Complex

To support the development of the Pattee Park Soccer Complex in Perry, Iowa, we donated $100,000. Our donation will go toward the buffer trail and retention pond, which are part of the project’s first phase.

Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House

In July, we announced a $500,000 donation toward the construction of a new Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock, Arkansas. The new Ronald McDonald House will be more than triple in size from the current facility just down the street and will provide families a larger, more comfortable place to stay while their children are receiving treatment at local hospitals.

$1 Million Contribution to Downtown Springdale Alliance

In January 2015, Donnie Smith, president and CEO, presented a check for $1 million to the Downtown Springdale Alliance, the nonprofit group working to revitalize the city’s original center of commerce. The money will support the organization’s effort to develop infrastructure and green space. In addition to the $1 million gift, the company revealed plans for a building it owns at 516 E. Emma Ave.

In October 2015, John Tyson, our chairman reaffirmed the company’s commitment to help rebuild downtown Springdale by sharing more about the company’s plans and vision for the area. “While the purpose of that donation was to help jump-start the revitalization of downtown, what’s even more important is bringing people back to Emma Street,” Tyson said. “That’s why we have plans to locate more than 300 of our corporate team members downtown.”