FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Today Arkansas Razorback student-athletes and coaches joined Tyson Foods, Inc., (NYSE:TSN) and Lift Up America to help fight hunger in Northwest Arkansas. Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long and student-athletes from the football, tennis, track and field and women’s volleyball teams helped volunteers unload a truckload of protein products donated by Tyson Foods today at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. The truck contained more than 30,000 pounds of protein products that were distributed to area hunger relief agencies served by the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.
The event is the last of 11 Lift Up America events in which Tyson Foods has participated since September, partnering professional athletes and university student-athletes to distribute a total of more than 330,000 pounds of protein to agencies serving people in need. This is the second year the Lift Up America event has been hosted by the University of Arkansas.
“The University of Arkansas’ Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proud to partner with such outstanding organizations to reach out to people in Northwest Arkansas and beyond,” Long said. “We are excited about the opportunity to join with a tremendous supporter of Razorbacks Athletics in John Tyson and Tyson Foods in supporting Lift Up America. One of our primary responsibilities as administrators and coaches is to teach our student-athletes the importance of giving back to their community, including assisting those who need a helping hand. This is an ideal opportunity to put that philosophy into action and most importantly make a difference in peoples’ lives.”
Dave Hannah, CEO of Lift Up America, who attended today’s event, said, “The partnership between Tyson Foods and Lift Up America has had a great impact on hunger all across the country.”
“Tyson Foods has worked with the Lift Up America program for the past four years,” said John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods. “We appreciate the hard work that the athletes and teams have done to fight hunger in their communities, and today we are proud to be in our own community, working with the Razorbacks to help with hunger relief here in our own backyard.” Athletic Director Jeff Long joined approximately 35 students and coaches representing the University of Arkansas at today’s event. (Editor’s Note: A list of agencies receiving donations today can be found on the final page of this release.)
Founded in 2005 with a mission to give back to communities across the country, Lift Up America continues to nurture its vision of providing important necessities to families and instilling hope in the hearts of America’s less-fortunate. Lift Up America, fueled by caring corporations and individuals and powered by a humanitarian heart, aims to feed the nation’s hungry, while providing hope, hearing and vision screenings, and prescription hearing aids and eyewear to American children in need. Last year, thanks to the generosity of sponsors 15,000 children and families were touched by Lift Up America events with more than $40 million in gifts being distributed throughout the United States and Mexico.
Protein is one of the most efficient and long lasting sources of energy, and unfortunately, is also the commodity that is donated to food banks the least. The chicken donated today is one of the most concentrated sources of protein—an essential nutrient of life. The average person – man, woman or child – needs to eat about four ounces of protein per day.
The donation is part of Tyson’s ongoing commitment to lead and support hunger-relief initiatives. Since 2000, the company has donated $3 million and 49.1 million pounds of chicken, beef and pork products to more than 600 hunger-relief agencies nationwide. For more information about Lift Up America and their partners please visit www.liftupamerica.org. For more information on how to get involved in the fight against hunger, go to http://hungerrelief.tyson.com.
Founded in 2004, Lift Up America is a collaborative effort of companies including Tyson 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 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, will provide more than $25 million in hearing aids, help approximately 25,000 people in need of prescription eyeglasses and deliver three million meals to the less fortunate across America in 2006. For more information about Lift Up America, please visit www.LiftUpAmerica.org.
Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE: TSN], founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, 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 80 countries. The company has approximately 104,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 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.
Agencies Receiving Donations Today
1st Baptist Church of Huntsville
Benton County Sunshine School
Bethel Baptist Church
Faith Christian Fellowship Church
First Baptist Church, Pea Ridge
First Christian Church Disciples of Christ
Flint Street Fellowship
Green Forest Ministerial Alliance
House of Worship
Hunger and Thirst
Life Source International
Lowell Assembly of God
First Church of the Nazarene, Bentonville
Nothing in Return
Open Arms Pregnancy Center
Piney Point Baptist Church–Cross Point Ministries
Second Mile Ministries
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church-Soup Kitchen
St. Raphael Catholic Church
St. Vincent De Paul
Oasis Food Pantry of Bella Vista
Westside Methodist Church
Iglesia Mas Vencedores