To say that the food insecurity numbers in the U.S. are staggering would not do the issue justice. That is why Tyson Foods has partnered with Feed the Children to provide 10 million meals to families in 16 states across America. The recent 2.5-million-pound donation is Tyson Foods' single largest product gift in 2020.
"As the largest food company in the U.S. we have a responsibility to provide the world with good food," said Debra Vernon, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tyson Foods. "Partnering with Feed the Children on this large donation, and the many in the past and more to come in the future, is truly our pleasure. We know that with Feed the Children, protein is getting into the right hands to do the most good it can."
The company shared that a recent study by the Brookings Institution revealed 40.9 percent of mothers with children under 12 reported household food insecurity since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study also found that food insecurity in households with children under 18 has increased by about 130 percent from 2018 to today.
According to a press release, during these extraordinary times where unemployment rates remain above 10 percent, the organizations are working even more closely together to ensure families who may have never had to worry about their livelihoods still have access to nutritious food.
"We believe that no child should go to bed hungry, especially during this unsettling time around COVID-19," said Travis Arnold, President and CEO of Feed the Children. "We understand that many Americans are facing unexpected challenges and we are working diligently with our partners such as Tyson Foods to ensure that as needs rise, children and their families continue to receive the food and supplies they need."
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Tyson Foods and Feed the Children for leading by example and addressing those in need at a time when the health of the world is critical.