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Tyson Foods supports Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry Program through grant funding

Totaling $74,000, funds will help feed neighbors across 13 counties of Northern Illinois

(GENEVA, Ill., February 15, 2019) – Northern Illinois Food Bank announced today a $74,000 grant from Tyson Foods to support its Mobile Pantry Program throughout its 13-county service area of Northern Illinois.

This investment will allow Northern Illinois Food Bank to provide nutritious food in communities where neighbors continue to face food insecurity every day. The Mobile Pantry, a repurposed beverage truck, provides 6,000-8,000 pounds of frozen meat, fresh produce, cereal, bread and other fresh and non-perishable items for families to use in preparing meals at home. Volunteers staff Mobile Pantry distributions and they are open to any member of the community struggling to afford to put enough food on the table.

“We are so grateful for Tyson’s continued commitment to making a difference in our communities,” said Julie Yurko, President and CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank. “Without the support of donors like Tyson and our incredible volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to distribute more than 66 million meals each year. We look forward to our continued partnership with Tyson this year and in years to come.”

This investment from Tyson Foods will allow Northern Illinois Food Bank to engage local Tyson employees in its mission of solving hunger, as they volunteer to distribute food at some of the Tyson Foods sponsored Mobile Pantry events. Last year alone, the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Program made 433 stops, distributing a total of 2.1 million meals to neighbors in need.

“We’re pleased to provide this support and we thank Northern Illinois Food Bank for the services they provide to our team members and the surrounding community,” said Garrett Dolan, Senior Manager of Community Investments for Tyson Foods.

Tyson Foods has supported Northern Illinois Food Bank since 2012. The Food Bank is grateful for the gifts from Tyson Foods that have supported many of its feeding programs, such as the mobile pantry program, protein innovation initiative, branding refresh of its truck fleet, and support of Food Bank special events. 37 Tyson Foods team members also donated 97 hours of volunteer time to the Food Bank in 2018 as well.

For more information, please visit www.SolveHungerToday.org.


About Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, is a non-profit organization that engages the community to solve hunger in Northern Illinois. Manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to more than 900 partner feeding programs – the food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs that serve more than half a million people every year. Northern Illinois Food Bank has centers in Geneva (West Suburban Center), Park City (North Suburban Center) Rockford (Northwest Center), and Joliet (South Suburban Center). Find out how you can volunteer, donate or get involved at www.SolveHungerToday.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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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