Tyson Foods is providing the Mississippi Food Network $40,000 to support hunger relief in Forest and Carthage communities, the company announced last week. This grant will allow the organization to hold mobile food pantry distribution events throughout the year. Together, Tyson Foods and the Mississippi Food Network are aiming to distribute 180,000 total pounds of product this year.
“Our partnership with Tyson Foods allows us to feed our hungry neighbors each month at mobile food pantries,” said Charles H. Beady, Jr., CEO of the Mississippi Food Network. “With this generous grant we will be able to provide healthy food to more than 336 families in Scott and Leake counties.”
The grant is a part of a national $1.5 million program by Tyson Foods that has provided 26 grants to hunger relief organizations that support 38 Tyson plant communities in 15 states.
The investments represent approximately four million pounds of food or the equivalent of 16 million servings of protein that will be distributed to address food insecurity.
“Feeding America projects that 42 million people (1 in 8), including 13 million children (1 in 6), may experience food insecurity in 2021,” said Garrett Dolan, senior manager, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “At Tyson, we’re honored to do our part to reduce food insecurity in the communities around the country that our team members live and work.”
The grants were awarded in response to requests for proposals by food banks and hunger relief organizations seeking to improve the efficiency of their operations or provide support for urgent feeding programs.
In April Tyson Foods and the Mississippi Food Network joined together in Forest to provide essential food distributing more than 18,000 pounds of product to almost 1,000 residents in under 90 minutes, highlighting the need in the community.
Community members were able to drive into Gaddis Park and pick up food in pre-packed boxes. Volunteers from Mississippi Food Network and 24 Tyson team members helped distribute the product.
“I want to say thank you to our volunteers and the Mississippi Food Network for the time and passion to help serve our community,” said Ray Ables, live production manager at Tyson Foods’ Forest plant. “We’re so proud to be part of the solution to fight hunger in our area.”
“We are so grateful for Tyson Food’s partnership and volunteer team for our monthly mobile food pantries,” said Kelly Mott, director of external affairs, Mississippi Food Network. “We could not do the work that we do without solid community partners like Tyson.”
To learn more about Mississippi Food Network visit http://www.msfoodnet.org.