Each year more than 750,000 New Jersey residents are in need of hunger relief, and every week approximately 87,000 people receive emergency food assistance through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s network of partner agencies. Tyson Foods, Inc., (NYSE:TSN) donated a truckload of much needed protein to the food bank’s southern branch, for the ninth consecutive year on June 15. The donation took place in conjunction with the ACF Professional Chef’s Association of South Jersey, honoring Professional Chef’s Week, June 15-19. The truck arrived at 10 a.m. and was unloaded with the help of several area member chefs.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the state’s largest supplier of donated food products, and distributes food and grocery items to the poor and hungry in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties. More than 400 charities throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and parts of Burlington counties receive contributions from the southern branch warehouse in Egg Harbor Township. Through their efforts nearly 4 million pounds of food goes to support the poor, hungry and homeless of Southern New Jersey. “Every day we work to bring nutritious foods to the hungry in our communities. We are extremely grateful to Tyson Foods for this generous donation and the continued commitment that Tyson has shown to fighting hunger in New Jersey,” says Evelyn Benton, southern branch director of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “This truckload of protein will provide more than 140,000 meals to those in our area during the next few months.” This contribution is in support of the Professional Chef’s Association of South Jersey’s celebration of Professional Chef’s Week, June 15-19. The week featured various community events.
The Professional Chef’s Association of South Jersey (PCASJ), founded in 1972, is a local chapter of the American Culinary Federation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping culinary professionals across the nation change the face of the industry for the better, and make positive contributions to local communities. Information on Professional Chef’s Week and the PCASJ is available at www.pcasj.com.
“With the current state of the economy and food banks seeing a rise in demand, Tyson is committed to supporting hunger-relief efforts across the country,” said Ed Nicholson, director of community relations for Tyson Foods. “All of our Team Members are proud to be part of the ongoing efforts.”
Since 2000, Tyson Foods has been a leader in the fight against hunger. The company is actively engaged in food donation events and fund-raising activities year-round to benefit those in need. So far Tyson has donated more than 54 million pounds of protein to hunger-relief organizations nationwide.