SPRINGDALE, Ark. — September 28, 2016 — Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN) announced today a 50,000 pound donation of protein to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank in honor of the company’s inaugural Miles that Matter initiative.
Beginning in June, more than 500 Tyson Foods Team Members participated in the program by walking, running or cycling on the Razorback Greenway. For every mile completed, Tyson pledged to donate one pound of protein to the food bank, up to 50,000 pounds. Team Members finished the summer with more than 12,000 total miles.
“This was the first year for Miles that Matter and while we were extremely happy with the response and participation from our Team Members, we fell short of our mileage goal,” said Annetta Tirey, senior manager of corporate social responsibility for Tyson Foods. “But because of the ongoing need for protein by the agencies the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank serves, we wanted to do our part and provide this significant donation to the food bank.”
Caring for communities is a big part of how Tyson Foods gives back and Miles that Matter is a unique program that allows Team Members to have a personal stake and direct impact on the company’s charitable giving efforts.
“This was a great opportunity to support our community,” said Seth Summerside, a category marketing manager for Tyson Foods. “A lot of times it’s hard to understand that 1 out of 5 families in northwest Arkansas struggle with food insecurity. This program gave us all a platform to stand up for an issue that impacts our friends and our neighbors by making our community better for all.”
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.
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