Tyson Foods is deeply committed to relieving hunger in the U.S. and lending a helping hand to communities affected by food insecurity. We do this through a combination of efforts that attack the problem of hunger on multiple levels.
The majority of our efforts come in the form of product donations. Donating food products allows us to feed those in need while reducing excess product in our business. In addition to product donations, we award hunger relief grants. These include grants for “urgent feeding” programs that enhance access to nutritious foods for those who struggle with food insecurity. Tyson Foods also invests in capacity-building by helping food banks build their physical infrastructure to store, refrigerate and deliver food throughout a region. Grants support specific needs such as storage, equipment and vehicles.
At the local level, our Community Pantry Initiative has a best-in-class model for community food pantries. Pantries in Tyson Foods communities that are selected as partners must adopt these practices. In return, we are able to donate more product to them and increase the provision of high-quality protein and other foods in the community while enhancing the pantries’ capacity to provide food and decreasing costs to secure it. Increasing community pantry capacity enables us to donate product more directly to people facing food insecurity in our communities. It also serves to decrease costs associated with transporting excess product greater distances to regional food bank locations.
When considering pantries for the Community Pantry Initiative, we evaluate the following criteria:
Some of our notable partnerships to address hunger relief include: