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People Communities
Community Impact

We own and operate facilities in more than 100 communities across the U.S. Most of our communities are in rural areas where, in many cases, Tyson Foods is the largest employer.

The majority of our team members work on the front lines of our processing plants and may face challenges in accessing basic resources like housing, transportation, childcare and health care, as well as ensuring our team members feel a sense of connection with their community. Challenges like these not only prevent our team members from growing and thriving—they impact turnover and absenteeism, which threaten the stability of our workforce.

As a result, our community impact efforts emphasize improving the quality of life in the communities where our team members live and work. We do this by focusing where we can uniquely add value, take advantage of our strengths, and generate the most impact from both business and social perspectives.

Specifically, our efforts:

  • Address hunger insecurity by expanding access to protein.
  • Work with team members to address social challenges that disrupt their lives, such as housing, transportation, childcare, team member culture/integration and health care.
  • Support market access and growth for Tyson Foods and its subsidiaries.
  • Improve quality of life in the communities where we operate.

Grantmaking

We make strategic investments that yield a positive social change to ensure all stakeholders benefit. We do so primarily by supporting nonprofits and by accelerating their capacity to serve our communities. Our corporate grantmaking reflects a vision based on two key principles: Ensuring initiatives are focused on delivering a quantifiable social or economic “return” for the investment of time, energy and money; and, building win-win strategies and partnerships

Our corporate grantmaking strategy includes:

Total Charitable Donations
by Focus Area

  • Product Donations $63,541,182
  • Social Investment Grants $9,114,665
  • Employee Emergency Assistance $8,000,00
  • Upward Academy $1,162,066
  • Disaster Relief $200,007
  • Investments in the most important social risks facing the community and company: hunger relief and reducing the social challenges that cause instability in our hourly team members’ lives.
  • Prioritization of communities where we have a plant.
  • A focus on “closed” invitations where we invite select nonprofits to respond to a request for proposals; however, we also have an “open” category where nonprofits can submit requests based on their interests.
  • A required “Performance Target”—a quantifiable goal that a nonprofit seeks to attain by using Tyson Foods grant money, as well as information about how they will measure progress.
  • An internal Advisory Committee that helps us make investment decisions and ensures transparency with spending practices.

Tyson Hometown Service Grants

Our team members are empowered to suggest projects to fund through Tyson Hometown Service Grants. Grants range from $500 to $3,000 to support nonprofit or public service organizations in Tyson Foods communities. The funds must be used to support a community service project through these organizations, for which a minimum of five Tyson Foods team members must volunteer. Managers must approve these projects in advance and determine whether volunteer work may be completed during work hours or during team members’ personal time.

Community Baseline Assessments

To best serve our communities, we must understand their diverse characteristics and needs. To gain this understanding, we conduct independent community social baseline assessments of our operations in Tyson Foods plant communities. Assessments examine the impacts and social risks in the communities where we do business, focusing on those where challenges are estimated to be significant. Our goal is to ensure that we are sharing the benefits of our presence with the local community through employment and community support, as well as to mitigate any adverse impacts that may occur.

Plants can voluntarily request an assessment of their community risks and impacts. During an assessment, we interview hourly team members, management staff and community stakeholders to identify the most significant areas of concern. Then, we make investments to mitigate social challenges that we share with the communities in which we operate.

Beyond targeted support for our team members, Tyson Foods makes broader investments that support the overall health of communities where we operate. These include support for public service organizations like schools and libraries.

Team Member Giving

Tyson Foods team members join in our spirit of giving through donations and support of volunteer projects. Team members across the company can participate in Giving Together, our matching gifts program through which Tyson Foods matches donations up to $1,000 per year per team member. Through this program, team members make charitable contributions and receive company matches via payroll deduction.

We also offer a volunteer matching option. For every hour a team member volunteers for an eligible nonprofit and tracks their time in our online platform, Tyson Foods donates $12, which the team member can then pass on to any eligible organization, regardless of where they volunteered.

Disaster Relief

In the aftermath of natural disasters, food insecurity can quickly become an urgent need. Through our Meals that Matter® disaster relief program, we help to deliver and serve food to communities that have been heavily impacted by natural disasters. A network of partners make it possible for us to implement our disaster-relief program in the field.