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Tyson donates 10,000 pounds of beef to fight hunger in mid-Nebraska

Courtesy photoNebraska Beef Month hit home on Friday, May 11 when Tyson Foods, Inc. donated 10,000 pounds of ground beef to food banks in south central Nebraska. Pictured, from left: Rich Weiss, Nutrition Services Director for Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska Food Bank; Mark Sarratt, Tyson Foods Lexington Plant Manager; Craig Uden, Nebraska Beef Council Board Member; and Rae Lynn Johnson, Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska Food Bank Coordinator.

LEXINGTON, NE – Tyson Foods, Inc. donated 10,000 pounds of ground beef to Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska Food Bank on Friday, May 11. The donation was made in celebration of Nebraska Beef Month and as part of an effort to feed people in need and promote public awareness of hunger in America.

“Beef Month is a great time to reflect on the hard working men and women who raise safe, nutritious beef products that feed the world,” said Nebraska Beef Council Board Chairman Steve Hanson. “This donation from Tyson is a reminder that we all can help in the fight against hunger.”

Mid-Nebraska Food Bank serves 27 counties in south central Nebraska and two counties in Kansas. The food bank and its agencies served more than 22,000 individuals in 9,300 households in 2011.

“We are very appreciative of the donation that Tyson is making to help alleviate hunger issues that are faced by many in the rural areas of Nebraska,” said Rich Weiss, Nutrition Services Director for Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska Food Bank. “The donated ground beef will be distributed to the pantries in all the counties in our service area.”

Early in 2011, Tyson launched the “Know Hunger” campaign to raise hunger awareness. As part of the campaign, the company released the results of a survey which found that one in four Americans is worried about having enough money to put food on the table in the next year. Another key finding is that many Americans are unaware of how serious hunger is in their own communities. The effort is part of the idea to let people know hunger exists in every single community in our country. We should all KNOW Hunger.

“Since we’re in the food business it makes sense for our company to donate protein to feed people in need; however, we also believe in raising hunger awareness,” said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “We’re encouraging people across the nation, including our own team members, to step forward and get involved in the fight against hunger.”

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Tyson Foods has fought hunger in the U.S. for a decade, donating more than 86 million pounds of protein, or the equivalent of 344 million meals. The company partners with Food Research and Action Center, Feeding America, Share Our Strength, Lift Up America and the League of United Latin American Citizens to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation.

– Adapted from a Nebraska Beef Council release