Tyson Foods has donated an unprecedented amount of food in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Springdale-based company reports that it has donated more than 30 million pounds of protein – or approximately 120 million meals – in the last 12 months. These food donations were part of Tyson Foods’ $75 million investment in tackling hunger insecurity, improving communities’ quality of life and supporting employees.
“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,” Tyson Foods chief sustainability officer John R. Tyson said in a statement. “We’ve focused resources where we can generate the most impact and support organizations doing heroic work at the local level.”
According to a company news release, Tyson Foods has provided $6 million in assistance through its Helping Hands program to employees during the pandemic and has offered grants to nonprofits across the country. Tyson Foods provided around 20 million meals to Feed the Children to address childhood hunger.
As part of its efforts, Tyson Foods has committed $65 million to hunger relief over the past year, $3.8 million to community grants and investments, $6 million to team member support and $600,000 to team member giving.