Tyson Foods and LULAC Donate 30,000 Pounds of Chicken to Food Bank For New York City

July 7, 2014

Contact: Jossie Flor Sapunar, www.LULAC.org/pressrsvp

SPRINGDALE, Ark.—July 7, 2014—Tyson Foods, Inc. and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) joined forces today to donate 30,000 pounds of chicken to Food Bank For New York City the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. The announcement of the donation was held at the New York Hilton Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York, where LULAC is holding its 85th National Convention and Exposition this week.

"I am thrilled to accept this important donation from Tyson Foods, Inc. and the League of United Latin American Citizens on behalf of the 1.5 million New York City residents who rely on Food Bank For New York City and our network of charities across the 5 boroughs,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “Nationally, 26 percent of Hispanic households struggle to afford enough food for their families. This donation will have a wonderful impact on the communities we serve.”

LULAC and Tyson Foods have jointly donated 1 million pounds of protein to food banks across the country and Puerto Rico since 2009. In the past 14 years, Tyson Foods has donated more than 96 million pounds of protein in the United States.

“We are grateful on our 85th anniversary our partners join us in remembering the at-risk communities," said LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “This generous donation will add protein to the table for many families and seniors struggling with hunger in a city with high rate of food insecurity.”

Tyson Foods’ current “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. The company also partners with Share Our Strength, Lift Up America, and Feeding America to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation.

About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), 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 was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to be involved with son Don Tyson leading the company for many years and grandson John H. Tyson serving as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. Tyson Foods 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. The company provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It 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 Foods 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.

About League of United Latino American Citizens (LULAC)
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.lulac.org.

About Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 31 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of community-based member programs citywide, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank’s hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.

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In preparation for the LULAC National Convention, which officially launches on Tuesday, LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes welcomes the attendees to New York City.

As part of Tyson Foods' KNOW Hunger campaign, 30,000 pounds of chicken were donated to the Food Bank For New York City.

Food Bank For New York City CEO and President Margarette Purvis said that though a person may hold a full-time job, his/her family could still go hungry in America. In fact, 26 percent of Hispanic households struggle to find enough food for their families.

LULAC National President Margaret Moran stated, "This donation marks one million pounds of protein that LULAC and Tyson Foods have donated since 2009. As LULAC convenes this week to celebrate its 85th anniversary, we will reflect on our legacy of community service and advocacy. We look forward to creating new milestones with our partners in 2014 and beyond."

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