Posted on August 31, 2018 by

Tyson Foods Provides Grant to Fight Hunger in Shelbyville and Beyond

As part of its commitment to support the communities it serves, we received a $125,000 grant from Tyson Foods that will help us fight hunger across our service area.

Tyson Mobile Pantry

Earlier this week, we received a generous $125,000 grant from Tyson Foods to bolster our ability to supply our Partner Agencies with nutritious food for those in need.

Tyson Volunteer SmyrnaThis grant will be used for two hunger-fighting projects.

The first will fund twelve monthly Mobile Pantry distributions in Shelbyville, Tennessee, the home of a Tyson Foods plant.

These monthly distributions are expected to deliver a total of 240,000 pounds of produce, dry goods, and canned proteins to families, seniors, and individuals facing hunger.

The second project will allow us to rebuild AgencyLinkTN, our online platform that helps our 490 Partner Agencies easily access food recovered across our service area.

Increasing effectiveness and efficiency of transportation systems, warehouse operations, and food distribution is a top priority of Tyson Foods, and we are fortunate to have their assistance in this effort.

“We’re proud to support Second Harvest and their mission to provide relief to those struggling with hunger,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “By investing in both mobile pantries and new technology that allows the food bank to operate more effectively, we hope to make measurable progress in the fight against hunger.”

Tyson Volunteers Smyrna In addition to financial resources, Tyson employees from the Shelbyville plant also donated their time and energy at a recent volunteer shift at our Southern Branch.

“The support we receive from community partners like Tyson is critical to helping those who are experiencing food insecurity in Middle Tennessee, and we’re incredibly thankful for the company’s efforts to help the communities they serve,” Jaynee Day, our President and CEO, said.