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Monday, March 21, 2011

Do You KNOW Hunger?

Image taken from www.tysonhungerrelief.com

KNOW Hunger is Tyson Foods new campaign to increase awareness about hunger in our American communities. Tyson recently conducted a survey through the Food Research and Action Center which focused on addressing hunger on the national and community levels. The 3 main takeaways from the survey were:
    • One in four Americans worries about not having enough money to put food on the table at some point next year.
    • Americans across the country do indeed see hunger as a signficant national problem; one that deserves our support.
    • Despite perceiving hunger as a serious national problem, most see hunger as less of a problem in their own communities. 
As the one of the most affluent countries in the world and one that supplies many developing countries with food aid, I find it appalling and sobering that we as a nation don't see what is happening right here at home. Tyson is thankfully, stepping up to the plate to do something about it. They're donating a million pounds of Tyson products in 36 cities across the country. While this donation will by no means solve the hunger problem in the U.S. it is a bold start. JBS enacted a similar initiative in Colorado by donating 16,000 lbs of beef to the Food Bank of the Rockies during the Annual Cattle Industry Convention in Denver, CO. You can read more about that donation here.

I applaud both Tyson and JBS' efforts to end hunger here at home. You can do your part by donating canned goods and nonperishables to the local food bank in your community.  In Manhattan you can donate to the Flint Hills Breadbasket and in Topeka the Randel Food Ministries Food Pantry.

Until next time,
~ Buzzard ~

2 comments:

  1. Anyone can also check out Feeding America, which is the national organization for hunger relief that oversees all food banks in our country. I used to work at a food bank for two years in St. Joseph and can tell some pretty heart-breaking stories of people. It's time for people in our country to realize we have a problem and to take a stand to do something about it. Thankfully, donors like Tyson, Land O'Lakes, Sara Lee, General Mills and many others who are agricultural based do their part very well!

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  2. Melissa,

    You are very right. JBS Swift also donated a hefty amount of meals recently. Thanks for reading!

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