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Feed the Children, Tyson Foods, Americold To Help Feed Rural Families

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Feed the Children, Tyson Foods and Americold are partnering to launch an “Alliance to Defeat Hunger” with a 10-city tour across the United States to help feed families in rural communities. Throughout the tour, the organizations will supplement nearly 2 million meals to families experiencing food insecurity.

Feed the Children and Tyson Foods have partnered for 19 years to provide protein to families across the country. Feed the Children and Americold also have a multi-year partnership to fight hunger that has included donations of critical funds, temperature-controlled transportation and warehouse space.

The three organizations recently announced a partnership to expedite meal distribution via a unique supply chain model. With many families still reeling from the effects of COVID-19, the three organizations are now expanding their work together via the 10-city tour to ensure families have access to nutritious food this summer.  

In each city, Feed the Children, Tyson and Americold will hold distribution events with local community partners for more than 1,200 people. At each event, families will receive a 25-pound box of non-perishable food; a 15-pound box of essentials such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items; Tyson products and additional items.

The companies also will partner with schools in each community to set up a pantry where children and families can access food, school supplies and personal hygiene products during or after school hours.

The tour will kick off in Springdale, Arkansas, on June 8 and end in Enid, Oklahoma, on Sept. 30.

“We’re proud to be a part of this tour that will help so many families in rural communities across the United States,” said Debra Vernon, senior director of corporate social responsibility for Tyson Foods. “We’re committed to supporting hunger relief efforts across the country, and this initiative will provide critical resources to those who need it most.”

“By partnering with Feed the Children and Tyson Foods in this alliance to defeat hunger, we’re able to expand our efforts to provide for families and children in need across the country. This tour is another way we’re demonstrating our commitment to give back and support the communities where our associates live and work,” said Fred Boehler, president and CEO of Americold.

“The Americold and Tyson Foods partnership means so much to Feed the Children, and more importantly, to the families we serve,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. “Those living paycheck-to-paycheck do not have a safety net. Our partners are a critical part of providing compassionate support to those who are facing tough decisions about how to care for their families.”

The tour is focused on rural communities in America, where those in need have less access to nutritious food and limited support for feeding programs to help kids and families. The three companies also want to ensure that children have access to food and essentials during the summer months when school is not in session.

Tour dates and locations include:

June 8: Springdale, Arkansas

June 23: Tolleson, Arizona

July 13: New Holland, Pennsylvania

July 20: Garden City, Kansas

July 28: Sanford, North Carolina

Aug. 5: Pasco, Washington

Aug. 11: Sioux City, Iowa

Sept. 2: Amarillo, Texas

Sept. 9: Sebree, Kentucky

Sept. 30: Enid, Oklahoma

Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, Tyson Foods has 139,000 team members.

Americold is the world’s largest publicly-traded REIT focused on the ownership, operation, acquisitions and development of temperature-controlled warehouses.

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