03.22.2011
 Companies donate 29,000 pounds of protein to Food Bank of Western New York
BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 22, 2011) Tyson Foods and Delaware North Companies today donated 29,000 pounds of boneless chicken to the Food Bank of Western New York as part of an effort to feed people in need and promote public awareness of hunger in America.

“There are millions of hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are faced with the realities of hunger and malnourishment,” said John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods. “We are trying to make a difference in their lives by providing nutrient-rich protein and by increasing understanding of hunger in our country.”
 
Meat and poultry are nutrient dense foods and, according to health experts, can be especially helpful to people who need more protein including growing children, pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone undergoing severe stress disease or disability. According to food banks nationwide, meat is the most requested and least available food.
 
“On behalf of Delaware North Companies and the Jacobs family, we are proud to partner with Tyson Foods in giving 29,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Western New York,” said Charles Moran, president and chief operating officer of Delaware North Companies. “As one of the largest and most admired food service companies in the world, donating to hunger relief organizations has always been an important part of our culture. We are proud to continue this tradition of giving here today.”
 
The Food Bank of Western New York distributes more than 10 million pounds of food annually throughout its four county service area. Approximately 100,000 residents, including 39,000 children and 11,000 seniors, receive emergency food assistance each year from the Food Bank and its over 400 member agencies.
 
“It is very important for us to provide protein to our clients.  Receiving 29,000 pounds of boneless chicken will go a long way in helping us feed the hungry with nutritious food,” said Gary Maybach, Trade Relations at the Food Bank of WNY.
 
Tyson Foods has been an active participant in the fight against hunger for a decade, donating more than 78 million pounds of protein, or the equivalent of 300 million meals. The company partners with Share Our Strength, Lift Up America, Feeding America, the League of United Latin American Citizens to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation.
 
Tyson Foods’ year-long “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. It includes the recent release of a study on public perceptions of hunger, as well as a commitment to donate one million pounds of protein to food banks in 23 U.S. markets during the month of March.
 
Tyson and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) recently commissioned a study on public perceptions of hunger. Among other things, it found that most surveyed believe hunger is a much smaller problem in their own community than it is in the state or the nation overall. Yet, 24 percent of those surveyed worry they will have trouble putting food on the table this year. Survey details are available by clicking on www.tysonhungerrelief.com. 
 
To hear the testimony of three prominent Americans who experienced hunger as children, go to www.tysonfoods.com/Media-Room.aspx and click on “three perspectives.” Information about how to get involved in the fight against hunger is available at www.tysonhungerrelief.com.
About the Food Bank of Western New York
Founded 30 years ago, the Food Bank of WNY, the administrative offices and warehouses of which are located at 91 Holt Street in Buffalo, distributes more than 1 million pounds of food each month to 100,000 residents (39,000 of whom are children and 11 percent are senior citizens) through its network of 400 member agencies in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara Counties.
 
About Delaware North
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Grounded in a foundation of family ownership for the past 95 years, the company has earned a reputation as one of the most admired family-owned hospitality companies in the world. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion, annually and 50,000 associates serving half a billion guests in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. For more information visit www.DelawareNorth.com.
 
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 services 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. 

Contact(s)

Contacts:  
       
Worth Sparkman, Tyson Foods, Inc.,
479-290-6358, worth.sparkman@tyson.com
 
Michael Billoni, Food Bank of Western New York,
716-852-1305, mbilloni@foodbankwny.org
                       
Wendy Watkins, Delaware North Companies,
716-858-5092, WWatkins@dncinc.com 
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