TULSA, OK -- Tyson Foods donated more than 31,000 pounds of protein to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma on Friday to help their efforts to fight hunger.
"This significant food donation from Tyson will allow us to impact lives when the need for food has never been greater," said Sara Waggoner, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
"Donations of poultry and other high-protein foods are especially valuable as they allow us to provide our agencies with more healthy, nutritious options."
The Food Bank and its partner programs feed about 60,000 Oklahomans in 24 different counties each week, the equivalent of 621,000 meals per month. Last year the Food Bank distributed more than 12 million pounds of food.
"The growth seen in the number of Oklahomans struggling to have their food needs met on a daily basis prompted my wife, Allison, and I to choose the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma as one of the beneficiaries of this year's Speaker's Ball," said Speaker of the House Chris Benge, who was present at the donation.
"We are very pleased that Tyson Foods has responded to the need so generously."
The protein given by Tyson today brings the company's total in-kind donations since 2000 to more than 75 million pounds.