Tyson Foods and ARAMARK Team Up to Fight Hunger in the Delaware Valley
Companies donate 29,000 pounds of protein to Philabundance
PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – March 23, 2011 – Tyson Foods and ARAMARK today donated 29,000 pounds of boneless chicken to the Philabundance food bank as part of an effort to feed people in need and promote public awareness of hunger in America.
“There are millions of hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are faced with the realities of hunger and malnourishment,” said John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods. “We are trying to make a difference in their lives by providing nutrient-rich protein and by increasing understanding of hunger in our country.”
Meat and poultry are nutrient-dense foods and, according to health experts, can be especially helpful to people who need more protein including growing children, pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone undergoing severe stress, disease or disability. According to food banks nationwide, meat is the most requested and least available food.
“At ARAMARK we’re committed to creating healthier environments, building healthier communities and delivering healthier outcomes and we recognize that advances made against important community concerns like hunger happen when the public and private sector join forces – as we have today,” said Bev Dribin, ARAMARK’s Vice President for Community Relations. “ARAMARK is proud to collaborate with a great partner like Tyson to help Philabundance provide needed food for families while bringing critical attention to the important issue of hunger and malnutrition.”
Philabundance serves nearly 500 non-profit member agencies in nine counties in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Philabundance annually distributes more than 21 million pounds of food and serves more than 65,000 people each week.
“Philabundance is so grateful to ARAMARK and Tyson Foods for the generous donation of 29,000 pounds of boneless chicken breast,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director of Philabundance. “A donation of this magnitude will help provide healthy, nutritious meals to almost 30,000 people in need.”
Tyson Foods has been an active participant in the fight against hunger for a decade, donating more than 78 million pounds of protein, or the equivalent of 300 million meals. The company partners with Share Our Strength, Lift Up America, Feeding America, the League of United Latin American Citizens to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation.
Tyson Foods’ year-long “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. It includes the recent release of a study commissioned by Tyson Foods and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) on public perceptions of hunger, as well as a commitment to donate one million pounds of protein to food banks in 23 U.S. markets during the month of March.
Among other things, the study found that most surveyed believe hunger is a much smaller problem in their own community than it is in the state or the nation overall. Yet, 24 percent of those surveyed worry they will have trouble putting food on the table this year. Survey details are available by clicking on www.tysonhungerrelief.com.
To hear the testimony of three prominent Americans who experienced hunger as children, go to www.tysonfoods.com/Media-Room.aspx and click on “three perspectives.” Information about how to get involved in the fight against hunger is available at www.tysonhungerrelief.com.
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to about 500 member agencies in nine counties that serve about 65,000 people weekly at an aggregate cost of less than 30 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2010, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information visit www.philabundance.org
ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. The company is recognized as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute, as the industry leader in FORTUNE magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies,” and as one of America’s Largest Private Companies by both FORTUNE and Forbes magazines. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 255,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at the company’s Web site, www.ARAMARK.com, or www.twitter.com/ARAMARKnews.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. The company has approximately 115,000 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 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.
Learn more via www.tysonhungerrelief.com