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Food Bank of Iowa receives $150,000 donation from Tyson Foods

November 15, 2019 | Press Releases

Food Bank of Iowa announced today a $150,000 grant from Tyson Foods. The funds from this grant were used to support a transportation and equipment package including a new refrigerated truck that will allow the organization to expand their programing and distribution efforts along with equipment for the distribution center.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from Tyson Foods,” said Michelle Book, President and CEO of Food Bank of Iowa. “This new equipment will help us increase our distribution efforts to make sure hungry Iowans get the quality, nutritious food they need.”   

Food insecurity affects 1 in 9 Iowans, leaving them unsure of their next meal. Food Bank of Iowa distributes food to over 625 partners across 55 counties – food pantries, homeless shelters, schools, day care centers, feeding sites and many others – and supplies over 5,000 backpacks each week during the school year to children in need.

“We’re proud to support Food Bank of Iowa and its mission to fight hunger,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “Equipping our partners with the right resources to address food insecurity by providing more effective transportation and supporting mobile pantry programs is a critical part of our hunger relief strategy.”

In conjunction with the $150,000 Tyson grant, the truck purchase was made possible by support from Ruan Transportation and Truck Company, an Iowa-based national Freightliner dealer.

About Food Bank of Iowa Food Bank of Iowa is a private, nonprofit donor funded organization dedicated to making hunger-free Iowa a reality. Through key partnerships with corporations, the USDA and Feeding America—as well as community donations—Food Bank of Iowa distributes 1.5 million pounds of food each month to 175,000 Iowans via 625 partner agencies across 55 Iowa counties.

To learn more, visit foodbankiowa.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/foodbankiowa.

About Tyson Foods Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company had 121,000 team members at September 29, 2018. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tysonfoods.com.

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