Tyson Foods pledges $13m in coronavirus community support

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Tyson Foods pledges $13m in coronavirus community support

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US meat processor Tyson Foods has pledged $13m to support local communities where the company operates in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This investment includes $2m in community grants and more than $11m worth of products donated by the company since 11 March.

The company has created a Community Response Fund that will distribute grants and food donations to non-profit organisations working to help people in Tyson Foods’ plant communities.

Tyson Foods CEO Noel White said: “Our company is proud to play a critical role in feeding the nation during this challenging time, and we recognize the importance of supporting our team members, their families and our plant communities.

"The purpose of this special fund is to provide help where it’s needed most.”

The grants will be allocated in Tyson plant communities for non-profit organisations to help support Tyson team members and the local community. Investments will be focused on non-profit partners providing emergency response efforts such as rent and utility assistance, food distribution, health care, childcare, small business support and other economic recovery services.

The business has earmarked $500,000 to bolster the company’s existing Helping Hands program, which offers financial assistance to team members following a disaster or personal hardship.

It will also offer a special matched giving opportunity. Funds have been allocated to the company’s Giving Together program to amplify the impact of giving from team members and encourage the support of a wide variety of non-profit organizations.

Donations

Tyson has donated four million pounds of protein, valued at $11m, since early March and expanded hunger relief efforts to include the following:

  • Product donations to the Tyson Community Pantry Program for local solutions to hunger.
  • Summer product donations to ensure the most vulnerable in communities have access to food during summer break.
  • Meal boxes to Tyson drivers who may have difficulty accessing food while on the road.
  • Semi-trailers with approximately 35,000 pounds of product deployed to Tyson plant locations for hourly team members and the community.

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