Washington, D.C., July 12, 2016 – Tyson Foods, Inc. and the League of United Latin American Citizens partnered today to donate a truckload of protein to the Capital Area Food Bank. The donation was announced on the first day of the 2016 LULAC National Convention & Exposition.
The protein given to the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems, will go directly to helping feed the more than 700,000 children, adults and seniors struggling to get the food they need.
“Through this generous donation of meat, Tyson Foods and LULAC are joining us in fueling community wellness by getting protein to the neighbors we serve,” said Nancy E. Roman, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank, a member of Feeding America.
Tyson Foods’ “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. The company partners with organizations such as LULAC to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation.
“LULAC is proud of its partnership with Tyson Foods, which has resulted in providing needed protein to the Latino community,” LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes said. “We look forward to future collaborations, which will help ensure families across the country have access to quality and nutritious food.”
Among all protein processors, Tyson Foods is the largest donor of meat and poultry to Feeding America and its network of food banks. Tyson Foods has been an active participant in the fight against hunger since 2000, donating more than 100 million pounds of protein. Last year, Tyson Foods pledged $50 million in cash or in-kind donations over the next five years in the continued fight against hunger, with a special focus on innovative initiatives.
“The Capital Area Food Bank serves 540,000 people throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia each year,” said Nora Venegas, director of federal government relations for Tyson Foods. “Food insecurity affects all age groups, ethnicities and communities. Tyson Foods and LULAC are committed to providing protein to those in need and raising awareness about how important protein is in a diet.”
To learn more about Capital Area Food Bank and its hunger-relief efforts, visit https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/.
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 League of United Latin American Citizens
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.
About Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease and obesity. By partnering with nearly 450 community organizations in DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as delivering food directly into hard to reach areas, the CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year get access to good, healthy food. That’s 12 percent of our region’s mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and grandparents. To learn more, visit: capitalareafoodbank.org, or find the Capital Area Food Bank on Facebook at facebook.com/CapitalAreaFoodBank and Twitter at @foodbankmetrodc.
Derek Burleson, Tyson Foods, 479-290-6466 or Derek.Burleson@TysonFoods.com
Paloma Zuleta, LULAC, 202-812-4477 or PZuleta@LULAC.org
Kirsten Bourne, Capital Area Food Bank, 202-644-9861 or KBourne@CapitalAreaFoodBank.org