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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.