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Tyson Foods Donates 50,000 Masks, Personal Protective Equipment to The Marshall Islands

Springdale, Ark., – September 15, 2022Tyson Foods is donating 50,000 masks and PPE to help the Marshall Islands contend with a COVID-19 outbreak. The country’s president recently issued a health disaster proclamation due to the number of positive cases.

“I would like to thank Tyson Foods once again for this generous contribution,” said Eldon Alik, Republic of the Marshall Islands Consul General. “Tyson Foods have always been a great friend and supporter of the Marshallese people, not only in Arkansas but also in the islands. As it was during the pandemic in Arkansas, Tyson Foods is again stepping up to fill a need. Thank you!”

“We’re proud to support The Marshall Islands and help them stay safe,” said Hector Gonzalez, Head of Labor and Team Member Relations “Northwest Arkansas is home to one of the largest Marshallese populations in the continental U.S. and the Marshall Islanders are vital members of the Tyson team and our community.”

This donation is the latest example of how Tyson Foods supports the Marshallese community. Counsel Alik has participated in several plant tours and joined Marshallese Ambassador to the United States, Gerald Zackios, for a vaccination event at a Tyson plant in Rogers, Arkansas. 

Tyson representatives participated in the Marshallese COVID-19 task force when it was established in March of 2020 and continue to explore ways the task force can be a valuable asset to the Marshallese community moving forward.

The company also recently awarded the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese a $25,000 community grant to fund programming that supports the Marshallese community in Arkansas. ACOM is a nonprofit organization based in Springdale that focuses on enriching the quality of life of Marshallese people through education, leadership, health, culture and commitment.


About Tyson Foods, Inc. 

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 four 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 had approximately 137,000 team members on October 2, 2021. 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


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