FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Jan. 19, 2010 — Lift Up America and the University of Arkansas are teaming up with Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN) to help bring the gift of food to the area’s less fortunate on Saturday. For the third year in a row, more than 50 Razorback student-athletes will be on hand to help unload the food during the donation announcement taking place at the Broyles Center. Tyson will be donating more than 38,000 pounds of food which will be distributed by the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank to its partner agencies. The donation event will begin with a news conference at 10 a.m. followed by the food distribution.
Speakers at the press conference will include Dave Hannah, founder and chairman of Lift Up America; Marge Wolf, executive director of NWA Food Bank; John Tyson of Tyson Foods, Inc.; and Jeff Long, vice chancellor and director of athletics of the University of Arkansas.
“The positive impact each of these organizations has on their community is so significant already,” says Hannah. “It is truly inspirational to see them coming together with such a noble goal in mind.”
“This is the third consecutive year Tyson Foods has teamed up with the Razorbacks and Lift Up America to bring food and awareness of hunger to Northwest Arkansas,” says Tyson, Tyson Foods Chairman. “It’s an honor for us to be involved with these two great partners in making these donations, especially now, when the national economy has placed tremendous strain on the emergency food system.”
“At the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, we provide low-cost food to the hundreds of pantries and agencies that are on the front lines of hunger relief,” says Wolf. “Donations of poultry and other high protein foods are especially valuable as they allow us to provide our clients with more healthy, nutritious options.”
“Razorback Athletics is proud to partner once again with Tyson Foods and Lift Up America to help provide food to those in our community through the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank,” says Long. “In these trying times, it is imperative that we continue to work together to raise awareness of the need for hunger relief.”
Since 2000, Tyson Foods has been a leader in the fight against hunger. The company is actively engaged in food-donation events and fund-raising activities year-round to benefit those in need. The protein given by Tyson today brings the company’s total in-kind donations since 2000 to more than 73 million pounds. This milestone equates to more than 216 million meals donated to food banks and agencies serving local communities around the country. In 2008 alone, Tyson donated nearly 12 million pounds of protein to Feeding America. For more information on how to get involved in the fight against hunger, go to http://hungerrelief.tyson.com/. Lift Up America, founded in 2004, is a collaborative effort of companies including Tyson, Ty and Give the Gift of Sight (a Luxottica Group Foundation), working with professional and college sports teams and local nonprofit agencies to provide the gifts of food, sight, hearing, hope and comfort to our nation’s less fortunate. In 2006 Lift Up America added such major corporations as Starkey Hearing Foundation, Interstate Batteries and Cinemark Theaters to implement the “Giving Hope Tour,” adding the gift of entertainment to those we serve. Lift Up America, through our sponsors, provided more than $25 million in hearing aids, helped approximately 26,000 people in need of prescription eyeglasses, delivered 10 million meals and over $40 million in scholarships to the less fortunate across America. For more information about Lift Up America, please visit www.LiftUpAmerica.org.
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank was established in 1988 by a group of concerned citizens who saw the need for hunger assistance in Northwest Arkansas. Over the past 20 years, the Food Bank has grown to serve citizens of Benton, Washington, Madison and Carroll counties, a commitment still strong today. Each year, the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank distributes over three million pounds of food in Benton, Washington, Madison and Carroll counties. It is through partnerships with over 118 member agencies that we are able to reach out to those in need. The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America.
Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE: TSN], founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Ark., is the world’s largest processor and marketer 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 service to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. The company has approximately 117,000 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.