Friday, August 24, 2007

Tyson Foods Donates to Food Bank in NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the donation of a truckload of protein to the Food Bank of Western New York. Tyson Foods CEO Richard Bond made the announcement during his first visit as Tyson CEO to the company's deli meat plant on Perry Street in Buffalo.

The announcement event was attended by Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, food bank representatives and Tyson workers employed at the Buffalo plant. The donation of more than 30,000 pounds of chicken products, which is the equivalent of 120,000 meals, was delivered to the food bank at 95 Holt Street following the event.

"Through our partnership with hunger relief organizations like America's Second Harvest, we're pleased to support food banks in communities where we have operations," said Bond. "Since we're a leader in the foods business, it's only natural for us to also be a leader in the fight against hunger in our nation. In fact, since the year 2000, our company has donated more than 47 million pounds of protein to help those in need."

The latest donation is the sixth truckload of product that Tyson has donated in western New York this summer. Five truckloads, or more than 180,000 pounds, of protein were delivered to five food banks in western New York in June and July.

The Food Bank of Western New York serves an area that includes Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus counties. The food bank distributes approximately 1 million pounds of food each month to more than 500 charitable programs and agencies throughout the area. More than 100,000 people are served each month.

Tyson Foods, Inc. founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. The company has approximately 104,000 employees at its more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.

Tyson Foods has been a strong supporter of food banks and organizations dedicated to eradicating hunger in the United States. This donation is especially timely because summertime donations are typically lower than normal and children who need meals most

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