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Meals That Matter® Heroes


After donating 100 million pounds of food over 15 years, Tyson Foods renewed its commitment in the fight against hunger in 2015 by pledging $50 million in cash and in-kind donations by 2020. This commitment focuses specifically on innovative initiatives at the local level. In 2016, Tyson Foods donated $12.5 million in cash and in-kind donations for hunger relief.


Jessica McClard

Jessica McClard 

Tyson Foods recently presented Jessica McClard, founder and operator of the Little Free Pantry in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with $40,000 to implement a web-based mapping solution to make it more convenient for those in need to find a pantry close to them and create awareness of locations for those volunteering to stock the pantry. Tyson also pledged $10,000 of shelf-stable product to help stock pantries in northwest Arkansas. Learn more.


Courtney White

Courtney White 

Courtney is the founder and operator of Culinary Care, which provides nutritious meals to cancer patients and their families. White founded Culinary Care in 2013 at the age of 23. Since then, she and the organization’s dedicated supporters have delivered more than 4,800 ready-to-eat meals to cancer patients and their families – all part of their effort to fight malnutrition, which is the direct cause of one in five cancer deaths. Learn more.


Kenzie Hinson

Kenzie Hinson

In the short year since Hinson started the Make a Difference Food Pantry in a church fellowship hall, the operation has grown from serving 35 people to serving more than 1,000 people in Wayne, Sampson and Johnston counties each month. In addition to three monthly distributions at the pantry, Hinson also runs Backpack Buddy programs that provide afterschool meals to in-need students at four local schools, an effort she will extend to three additional schools in the fall. Learn more.




Lola Stephens Bell

Lola Stephens-Bell

We are so proud to be supporting the dedicated individuals on the front lines of fighting hunger in their communities like Lola Stephens-Bell of Austin, Texas, who runs a restaurant, Nubian Queen Lola's Cajun Soul Food Cafe, where she serves free, hot, homemade meals in addition to devoting several days a week to drive food directly to the underserved people of Austin. Learn more.