WICHITA, Kan. – April 11, 2018 – Tyson Foods today announced a $242,069 donation to the Kansas Food Bank to fund improvements to the food bank’s warehouse, an updated online ordering system and the purchase of a tractor and trailer. The company also donated a truckload of protein to the food bank totaling 32,340 pounds.
“We are very thankful to Tyson Foods for funding our capital improvement projects,” said Brian Walker, president and CEO of Kansas Food Bank. “We believe every meal matters, and are always looking for ways to stretch our dollars and improve our operation to bring more food to the table for those in need; Tyson Foods has helped us do just that.”
The improvements include additional warehouse equipment, lighting upgrades and new distribution vehicles, which will increase efficiency and effectiveness of operations and allow the Kansas Food Bank to better serve food insecure Kansans.
“Efficiency gains in our operation impact our ability to fulfill our mission of feeding the hungry across our 85-county service area,” said Walker.
The Kansas Food Bank provides food for over 700 hunger relief partners across 85 counties in Kansas. In 2017, 14.7 million pounds of food were distributed across the state, equivalent to just over 12 million meals.
“The Kansas Food Bank has a vast area to serve and we hope this investment will help them reach their neighbors in need in every corner of the state,” said Debra Vernon, senior director of corporate social responsibility at Tyson Foods. “Our hope is that with these donations, not only will a greater number of clients be served, but the food bank will be able to do so in a much more efficient manner.”
Tyson Foods has six facilities in Kansas and employs more than 5,000 in the state. The company also purchases cattle, pigs, grain, diesel and other utilities in Kansas and estimates its annual statewide economic impact at more than $2.47 billion.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 122,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tysonfoods.com.
About Kansas Food Bank
The Kansas Food Bank collects and distributes donated and low-cost nutritious food to more than 700 hunger relief partners in its 85-county service area. Last year more than 12 million meals were distributed, helping to feed nearly 215,300 different Kansans. Hunger-relief partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and the Food4Kids backpack program, and Bob Box senior box programs. In addition, the Food Bank takes a leadership role in identifying and addressing hunger needs affecting Kansans. (www.kansasfoodbank.org)