ATLANTA—October 20, 2010 —Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) today announced that it will donate more than 10,000 pounds of chicken to three metro Atlanta organizations. The donation supports two principles important to Tyson: hunger relief and the advancement of foodservice. Beneficiaries of the donation include the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Redan High School Culinary Program and Teens at Work.
Tyson will provide a base donation of 10,000 pounds of frozen chicken, with 5,000 pounds benefitting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, 2,500 pounds for Teens at Work and 2,500 pounds for the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Academy of Redan High School.
In addition, Tyson will increase the donations to these three organizations by 100 pounds for every “like,” up to 250, received on the Tyson Food Service Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TysonFoodService) before October 31. Donations are being made in honor of chefs who attended the PlateCooks! regional culinary event at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta on October 12.
Tyson Foods has donated more than 77 million pounds of food to hunger relief and disaster relief organizations nationwide since 2000. In September, the company marked its 10th anniversary of active support for hunger relief nationwide with 750,000 pounds in food donations to 20 food banks in 20 states across the country.
About the Atlanta Community Food Bank
Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes nearly two million pounds of food and other donated grocery items each month to more than 700 nonprofit partner agencies in 38 counties in metro Atlanta and North Georgia. www.acfb.org.
About Teens at Work
Teens at Work provides support and mentoring programs for at-risk children and youths in Atlanta, including an after-school feeding program and a culinary program designed to prepare students for entering jobs in the foodservice industry. www.teensatwork.org.
About Redan High School’s Culinary Arts Program:
This school-in-a-school combines academic and hands-on instruction that can lead to further study at the post-secondary level or to direct entry into foodservice. www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/redanhs/culinary/index.html
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. The company has approximately 115,000 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 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.