Tyson Foods Donates 70,000 Lbs. of Chicken
Tyson Foods donated 5,000 pounds of chicken to the Sedalia Food Bank, and another 65,000 pounds of ready-to-cook chicken to the Central Missouri Food Bank.
Ed Nicholson of Tyson Foods said, "The Central Missouri Food Bank is in a position to further distribute food to hundreds of agencies around Central Missouri, who then feed the hungry within their own communities."
That's about 75,000 people per month, across 33 counties in Central Missouri.
The donation could not have come at a better time for the food bank.
"To get this donation now is huge because 1) It's protein, which is always needed; and 2) It's really needed now because people during the winter months their disposable income is not there to buy the food, so this will really help supplement people's diets," said Central Missouri Food Bank Executive Director Peggy Kirkpatrick.
The chickens were fed corn which was grown in Central Missouri. They were raised and processed at the Sedalia Tyson Foods complex.
The donated chicken will make about 280,000 meals.
Thursday's donation is part of Tyson's "Share Our Strength" program, which aims to fight hunger in the U.S.
Tyson has donated 29 million pounds of food over the past six years.