Dakota Dunes, S.D. – November 24, 2015 – Tyson Fresh Meats and its employees have made a record donation pledge to the United Way of Siouxland. Including team member pledges, a company match, as well as various fund raisers, the company’s pledge for the coming year is $426,956, which surpasses last year’s total by more than $33,500.
The company asks its team members to make a difference in the communities they live by contributing to United Way and matches 25 percent of each employee’s contributions. These gifts will help United Way carry out its work of mobilizing resources to effectively meet needs around education, financial stability and health in Siouxland.
More than 3,600 team members from Dakota Dunes, S.D.; Dakota City, Neb., and Sioux City, Iowa, participated in the fundraising campaign, which ran from August 14 to November 4.
“I could not be more proud of our team members and this extraordinary accomplishment,” said Steve Stouffer, president of Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. “They consistently and unselfishly live the Tyson Foods’ vision of ‘Making Great Food, Making A Difference.’ As a result of this record-setting generosity, countless lives in the Siouxland area will be impacted in a positive way.”
Tyson Fresh Meats has supported the local United Way for more than 30 years, with the money going to help fund 31 partner programs and services.
“Tyson is the largest supporter of our organization and has officially broken the record for the highest level of support any company has given in one year,” said Heather Hennings, President, United Way of Siouxland. “The partnership between Tyson, members of UFCW Local 222 and United Way helps advance our community by improving the education, income and health of thousand of individuals each year. We are so grateful for not only the donations Tyson provides, but also the overall involvement they have in our community.”
For more information on how United Way of Siouxland donations are distributed, please visit http://www.unitedwaysiouxland.com.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. It’s a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has approximately 113,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.
About United Way of Siouxland
United Way believes that everyone in our community deserves a quality education, access to the tools needed to build financial stability, and a safe environment with access to health services. Through our Community Impact work we are helping to ensure people get the support services they need while simultaneously addressing the root causes of key issues. When we focus on the building blocks of a quality life – Education, Income, and Health – we create lasting change that improves the lives of everyone who live in our community.
Derek Burleson – 479-290-6466 or Derek.Burleson@Tyson.com