Tyson, Urban League partner to fight ‘food insecurity’
by MBJ Staff
Published: June 22,2012
ADAMS COUNTY and WARREN COUNTY — Tyson Foods, in partnership with the National Urban League, has launched a grassroots, community-based hunger awareness and relief program that will provide resources to Mississippi citizens impacted by food insecurity.
Dubbed the Urban League-Tyson Foods Hunger Project Mississippi, Tyson and the League are targeting the state because it has the highest percentage of food insecurity in the U.S. according to Feeding America. Launching in Jackson, this collaborative project will provide education and hunger relief statewide. The project will provide assistance to the estimated 19,000 people who are food insecure in Adams and Warren counties.
During the year-long pilot, Tyson, the Urban League of Greater Jackson and the Mississippi Food Network (MFN) will work to improve access to food for people facing hunger by increasing the number of MFN member agencies distributing food in some of the most underserved areas of Mississippi. They will also host a pair of community fairs in Jackson and Vicksburg that will raise awareness through food
preparation demonstrations, couponing workshops, education about food agency resources, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) registration, and nutritional, health and wellness education.
Donnie Smith, president and CEO, Tyson Foods Inc., said, “Both Tyson Foods and the
National Urban League have facilities in Mississippi, so we’ll be going straight into our own communities to begin to alleviate the problem of hunger. We want to show America what can happen when a corporation and non-profit organization come together to fight hunger.”
To commemorate the alliance, Tyson donated 30,400 pounds of protein, which will be distributed through the Mississippi Food Network. The announcement was made as part of the kick-off event held at The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
For more information about the Urban League–Tyson Foods Hunger Project
Mississippi, visit www.TysonHungerRelief.com.
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