Sustaining Our World – 2017 Sustainability Report

Helping to Feed
Those Most in Need

Raising the world’s expectations for how much good food can do means doing good in the communities where we live, work and do business.

Our social impact and responsibility strategy is led by Debra Vernon, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility. Her team is focused primarily on hunger insecurity, team member stability, and community impacts.

According to Feeding America, more than 41 million Americans lived in food-insecure households as of 2016. We are deeply committed to relieving hunger in the U.S. and lending a helping hand to communities affected by food insecurity. We formalized that commitment in 2015 by pledging “50 in 5”’ to give $50 million in cash or in-kind donations to fight hunger by 2020. During FY2017, we donated nearly 39 million servings of protein and $3,575,396 in cash toward this pledge. Today, our work represents a combination of partnerships, a grants program and product donations.

Collaborative Partnerships

We partner with Feeding America, donating cash and in-kind donations as well as volunteers, board service and disaster relief partnership support. We are a significant donor of meat and poultry to Feeding America and its network of food banks. Feeding America also acts as a key partner in our disaster relief efforts.

In collaboration with Feeding America, we also established the Tyson Foods Protein Innovation Fund in 2015. The fund’s goal was to provide $1 million over two years to food banks to build innovative local and national animal protein sourcing programs with processors and animal protein donors. The fund’s first five pilot food bank projects implemented in 2016 produced nearly two million servings of protein for food-insecure communities and offered new insights to help inform food bank food sourcing strategies and guidance for Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks. Our five second-year projects are still underway and expected to be completed in Summer 2018.

FY2017 marked the second year of our two-year, $300,000 commitment as a National Innovation Partner supporting afterschool meals innovation pilots for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. Because of the afterschool meals innovation pilots, Share Our Strength’s Center for Best Practices was able to establish a resource guide for schools that want to implement afterschool meals programs.

Tyson Foods and Cobb Vantress, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyson Foods, partnered with OneEgg in FY2017 to launch a sustainable egg farm in Haiti, which is producing much-needed protein for undernourished children and an ongoing economic boost for the local community. We provided a nearly $350,000 grant to OneEgg, a nonprofit that delivers eggs to children in developing countries.

We also are a longtime sponsor and Patron Member of the School Nutrition Association, a nonprofit that provides high-quality, low-cost meals to students and ensures all children have access to healthy school meals and nutritional education.

OneEgg Farm

Watch this video to learn more about the construction of the OneEgg farm.

Community Grants

Our Corporate Social Responsibility Charitable Grants are awarded to nonprofits to assist them in addressing issues relevant to our corporate giving focus areas and are focused on organizations based in our host communities. As previously mentioned, grant focus areas include those related to hunger relief, including urgent food supply and food bank optimization, as well as:

  • Nonprofit skill and capacity building: to improve nonprofit management, planning and fundraising capabilities and help them become more self-sufficient and sustainable
  • College internship program: for nonprofits in our three corporate locations to host summer interns
  • Nonprofit skill building for scholarships: to enable nonprofit managers to attend nationally reputable training and certification programs to improve their organization’s sustainability
  • Community Cornerstone: for projects, programs and physical places that bring diverse cultures together

In FY2017, we continued to provide community grants to organizations that address, among other urgent issues, hunger relief and food insecurity. We seek grant applicants who are tackling urgent food supply for short-term feeding programs, as well as those seeking funding to improve the efficiency of their operations and/or increase their ability to distribute food. The $400,000 in community grants we provided to 17 nonprofits in FY2017, included:

  • Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth, Texas, to fund a mobile food pantry
  • Neosho Bright Futures, Neosho, Missouri, for a backpack program that will provide weekend meals for children from preschool to high school
  • River Bend Food Reservoir, Davenport, Iowa, for logistics software and inventory tracking across a 22-county area in Iowa and Illinois to reduce staff time, create daily routes, lower transportation costs and improve customer service to partner agencies
Food Product Donations

Donating food products is a win-win for our communities and our business. We provide food to those in need and in the process, cut down food waste within our operations to positively impact our bottom line. Product donations are also the main vehicle through which our team members engage with communities, whether by volunteering at a food bank or hitting the road to help deploy our Meals that Matter disaster relief program.

In FY2017, we reached a milestone, donating 28 million servings of protein to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, with which Tyson Foods has been a partner in hunger relief for nearly 30 years. We also announced a $152,000 grant to the food bank to fund operational efficiency improvements.

From FY2016 to FY2017
we increased our
product donations by
8,900,000 Servings.

Hunger Relief
Servings Donated 38,800,000 1,580,000
Donation Value $12,562,000 $566,000
  • * Hunger Relief Donations: product donations that are distributed to Feeding America food banks
  • ** Non-hunger Donations: product donations that go to charitable organizations whose customers are not food insecure (i.e. Boy Scouts, fire departments, charity dinners)
FY2017 Product Donation Geographic Breakdown