(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Sept., 20, 2016 – On September 19, Tyson Foods donated 34,560 pounds of protein to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to fight childhood hunger in the state. This donation is part of Crest Foods’ 28th annual golf tournament, which took place at Oak Tree Gold & Country Club in Edmond. While final donations raised from the tournament will be reported next month, over the last 10 years this event has raised $413,795 and 1,060,012 pounds of food to fight hunger in central and western Oklahoma.
“Partnering with organizations like the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Crest Foods is important to us in raising awareness about food insecurity in communities all around the U.S.,” said Annetta Tirey, corporate social responsibility director for Tyson Foods. “In this community alone, the Regional Food Bank distributes more than 52 million pounds of food and product each year. We’re honored to get to be a part of that.”
One in four children in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to food. This donation will help fight childhood hunger through Kids Cafe. An afterschool and summer program, Kids Cafe provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to nearly 6,000 at-risk children at 37 sites in central and western Oklahoma.
“No child should have to worry about where their next meal will come from,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “Hunger can negatively impact children in so many different ways, including their physical and social development. We are grateful to Tyson Foods and Crest Foods for their continued support in the fight against childhood hunger.”
Between now and September 30, all gifts to the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Program will be matched, up to $150,000, thanks to the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Top of the World, David Gorham and two anonymous families.
Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,200 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,200 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed nearly 644 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. It’s a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has approximately 113,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.