From left: Rich Weiss of the Community Action Partnership; Plant Manager Mark Sarratt of Tyson Foods in Lexington; Craig Uden of Nebraska Beef Council; Rae Lynn Johnson of Community Action Partnership.
Tyson Foods, Inc. donated 10,000 pounds of ground beef Friday to Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska Food Bank.
The donation came during Nebraska Beef Month and is part of an effort to feed people in need and promote public awareness of hunger in America.
Mid-Nebraska Food Bank serves 27counties in south central Nebraska and two counties in Kansas. The food bank and its agencies served more than 22,000 individuals in 9,300 households in 2011.
The Nebraska Beef Council represents 21,000-plus cattle farmers who together make a $7 billion a year.
“The donated ground beef will be distributed to the pantries in all the counties in our service area.” said Rich Weiss, Nutrition Services Director for Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska Food Bank.
“Beef Month is a great time to reflect on the hard working men and women who raise safe, nutritious beef products that feed the world,” said Nebraska Beef Council Board Chairman Steve Hanson. “This donation from Tyson is a reminder that we all can help in the fight against hunger.”
Early in 2011, Tyson launched the “Know Hunger” campaign and the results of a survey tha found that 1 of 4 Americans are worried about money to put food on the table.
Another key finding is that many Americans are unaware of how serious hunger is in their own communities.
“Since we’re in the food business it makes sense for our company to donate protein to feed people in need; however, we also believe in raising hunger awareness,” said Tyson Foods president and CEO Donnie Smith. “We're encouraging people across the nation, including our own team members, to step forward and get involved in the fight against hunger.”
For a decade, Tyson Foods has donated more than 86 million pounds of protein, or the equivalent of 344 million meals, the company says.
The Tyson company partners with Food Research and Action Center, Feeding America, Share Our Strength, Lift Up America and the League of United Latin American Citizens.
In the announcement of this year's donation, Tyson said meat and poultry are excellent sources of heme iron, especially important for women, children and adolescent girls, who are often deficient in iron.
For more information on the nutritional value of meat and poultry, see http://www.meatpoultrynutrition.org/ht/d/sp/i/26062/pid/26062
To visit Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska Food Bank, see www.mnca.net/foodbank.html