The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance has presented Tyson Foods Inc. with an Acting Out Against Hunger Award, awarded annually to people and organizations that have made an exceptional effort to fight food insecurity in the state of Arkansas.
Tyson has been active in hunger relief nationwide since 2000, donating more than 82 million pounds of protein, or the equivalent of more than 320 million meals. This includes more than 7.5 million pounds of food the company has donated in Arkansas during the past four years.
This past summer, the company joined hunger relief organization Share Our Strength in spearheading the Little Rock “Hinges of Hope” tour. The event spotlighted “No Kid Hungry” programs in the Little Rock metropolitan area that work diligently to end childhood hunger. According to USDA statistics, Arkansas has the highest rate of childhood food insecurity in the country with 25 percent of children living below the poverty line.
“We’re honored to be recognized for our commitment to hunger relief, especially here in our home state,” said Ed Nicholson, Tyson director of community relations for Tyson Foods. “While it makes sense for a food company like ours to help feed people in need, we’re hopeful our efforts will also raise awareness about the problem of hunger in our state and nation and prompt others to join the fight.”
Earlier this year, Tyson Foods launched the “Know Hunger” campaign to raise hunger awareness in the United States. As part of the campaign, the company released the results of a survey that discovered one in four Americans is worried about having enough money to put food on the table in the next year. Another key finding was that many Americans are unaware of how serious hunger is in their own communities.
For more information on Tyson’s hunger relief efforts, visit www.tysonhungerrelief.com.
The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is a network of almost 1,000 charitable organizations in the state that provide food to people in need.
Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc. produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products for customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries.