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Community
Hunger
Relief

Raising the world’s expectations for how much good food can do extends to sharing our products with communities in need.

More than 41 million Americans live in food-insecure households, according to Feeding America. Hunger exists in every state, city and community in our country. We are deeply committed to relieving hunger in the U.S. and lending a helping hand to communities affected by food insecurity.

We formalized that commitment in 2015 by pledging “50 in 5”: to give $50 million in cash or in-kind donations over five years to fight hunger. And in FY2019, we were thrilled to meet our goal one year early, donating nearly $60 million, amounting to almost 51,000,000 pounds of food.

How We Reached “50 in 5”

We achieved this goal through a combination of efforts that attacked the problem of hunger on multiple levels. The majority of our contributions came in the form of product donations. Donating food products allows us to feed those in need while reducing excess product in our business. In FY2019, we donated more food than ever before.

In addition to product donations, we awarded $2.9 million in hunger relief grants to roughly 80 projects. These included grants for “urgent feeding” programs that enhance access to nutritious foods for those who struggle with food insecurity. In FY2019, Tyson Foods made approximately 30 awards totaling $1 million to fund mobile pantries and backpack programs that help stabilize individuals’ food needs during periods of episodic hunger.

Tyson Foods invested in capacity-building: helping food banks build their physical infrastructure to store, refrigerate and deliver food throughout a region. Grants supported specific needs such as storage, equipment and vehicles. At the local level, our Community Pantry Initiative has a best-in-class model for community food pantries. Pantries in Tyson Foods communities that are selected as partners must adopt these practices. In return, we are able to donate more product to them and increase the provision of high-quality protein and other foods in the community while enhancing the pantries’ capacity to provide food and decreasing costs to secure it. Increasing community pantry capacity enables us to donate product more directly to people facing food insecurity in our communities. It also serves to decrease costs associated with transporting excess product greater distances to regional food bank locations. In FY2019, we invested in 12 pantries located in Tyson Foods communities, donating more than 400,000 pounds of protein to these organizations.

When considering pantries for the Community Pantry Program, we evaluate the following criteria:

  • Estimated storage capacity and ability to receive product, including chilled and frozen product.
  • Ability of the pantry to handle large-volume donations in terms of staffing, equipment and operating hours.
  • Whether the pantry owns or leases their building, to determine whether capital investments have longevity.
  • Current operating hours and/or willingness to change operating hours to accommodate community demand.
  • Operating budget and ability to sustain facility for a three-year period.
  • Sustainability of staffing plan and reliance on volunteers.
  • Alignment of pantry’s service area with communities near Tyson Foods plants.

Team Member Support

Tyson Foods team members are important contributors to our hunger relief efforts. Their commitment and enthusiasm helped us elevate those working to alleviate hunger in our communities and reach our “50 in 5” goal.

Miles that Matter

Our Miles that Matter program encourages team members to walk, run or cycle for charity. For every mile logged, we donate a pound of food to a local food bank. In FY2019, we expanded the program to 25 chapters that donated 345,000 pounds of food to 14 feeding agencies. We also held an expo at Tyson Foods headquarters in Springdale where team members could learn about nearby events they could participate in.

Hometown Hunger Heroes

To help celebrate our “50 in 5” achievement, we sent out a call to team members for nominations of people in Tyson Foods communities (not necessarily team members themselves) who are going above and beyond to provide hunger relief. We received dozens of nominations, and out of that pool selected 21 “Homegrown Hunger Heroes.” Each received a $2,500 grant to apply to his or her hunger relief organization of choice. We also selected three national Hunger Heroes to honor people who are making a difference on a larger scale. Two of these heroes received grants of $30,000 each, while our overall national winner received a grant of $100,000.

Hometown Hunger Heroes Winner
Jonathan Lawler, a produce farmer in Greenfield, Indiana, established Brandywine Creek Farms as a nonprofit dedicated to fighting hunger in Central Indiana. Since 2016, the farm has donated more than 2 million pounds of food. As the competition’s national winner, he will receive $100,000 to expand the farm’s operation and open a small grocery store.

Hometown Hunger Heroes Winner
Maggie Kane is the founder and executive director of A Place at the Table, a pay-what-you-can café in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Patrons can pay the suggested price for their meal, pay what they can, or volunteer in exchange for their meal. Tyson Foods’ grant will help the café build a new commercial kitchen.

Hometown Hunger Heroes Winner
Jasmine Crowe is founder and CEO of Goodr, a company that uses blockchain technology to recover food and ensure delivery to nonprofits and those in need. Crowe was inspired to launched Goodr after years of feeding people from her own kitchen and realizing hunger isn’t a scarcity issue, it’s a logistics issue. The grant will help establish Goodr’s charitable giving arm.

Hunger Relief Partnerships

Tyson Foods has partnered with Feeding America for several years. In FY2019, we were named a Leadership Partner, recognizing our substantial contributions in the form of cash and in-kind donations, volunteers, board service, and disaster relief partnership support to the organization and its network of food banks. To date, the Tyson Foods Protein Innovation Fund has provided $1 million to 10 Feeding America food banks in nine states to fund protein sourcing projects that have the potential to be scaled and replicated across the Feeding America network. In Florida, Feeding Tampa Bay was awarded $50,000 to hire a full-time staff member whose main function is identifying and pursuing sources of wasted food, particularly protein, in their local supply chain. As a result, more than 500,000 pounds of protein was rescued and redirected back into the community, and Feeding Tampa Bay is on track to achieve its goal of sourcing an additional 1 million pounds of protein per year.

No Kid Hungry

25
Grants

$115,000
Total Value

1,053,987
Meals Served
Since 2017

No Kid Hungry®

For every 20 free or reduced-price lunches served in schools, only one meal is served after school hours. But this lack of service doesn’t mean there aren’t children in need. Tyson Foods works with the No Kid Hungry® campaign to expand afterschool meal access across the country. Through the No Kid Hungry® program, Tyson Foods funded grants for the 2019-2020 school year to school districts across the country who contract their food service operations with K-12 food service management companies.

OneEgg

Eggs are a nutritious and portable form of protein, and an effective dietary supplement for children in developing countries. Tyson Foods and our subsidiary Cobb-Vantress partner with social enterprise OneEgg to provide an egg a day to children in six countries. In Ethiopia, Honduras and Nepal, where OneEgg began operating in 2018, our grants help provide a combined 22,000 to 26,000 eggs to schools and families each month. In Honduras, results from a clinic that treats both children who are and are not participants in the OneEgg program showed that participants averaged 100.78% of the ideal weight for their age, while nonparticipants averaged only 78% of their ideal weight.

OneEgg also supports social entrepreneurship by helping farmers learn to raise chickens whose eggs are donated to schools. Farmers sell the remaining eggs on the open market, which helps drive economic development and a desire to consume eggs and chickens locally. The Tyson Foods Fellows® program provides technical expertise in an ongoing partnership with OneEgg and in-country charitable and business partners. Through the technical expertise of the program, we can meet farmers where they are and help them find solutions that make sense given their resources, market dynamics and capabilities for growing chickens.

Top Box

In FY2019, Tyson Foods launched a new social enterprise project with Top Box, a Chicago-based nonprofit that strives to create equitable access to healthy, fresh, affordable foods in Chicago’s underserved food-insecure neighborhoods. Top Box fills a gap between food pantries and full-service supermarkets by selling a variety of fresh produce and frozen lean proteins at below-market prices. Tyson invested $100,000 to help Top Box increase fresh meat sales and implement a customer relationship management app that will allow them to reach more families and grow their sales.