Tyson Foods Awards LifeSource $33,000
Tyson Foods, Inc. has awarded LifeSource International of Fayetteville, Ark., $33,000 to support its food pantry program, which helps feed more than 63,500 people each year in Northwest Arkansas. The grant will also pay for repairs to the rear driveway where food and donations are unloaded.
Arkansas is #1 in the nation in the number of children and elderly facing food insecurity and hunger each month.
“We are honored to have Tyson Foods as a partner with us in our fight against hunger and poverty,” said Jimmie Conduff, executive director at LifeSource. “Each month we distribute up to 18,000 pounds of food. This gift will buy about 53,000 pounds of food. The grant will also help us make some much-needed repairs. In addition, Tyson Foods also gives us generous food donations throughout the year. We are truly grateful for all that they do.”
In early 2016, Tyson Foods committed $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years in the fight against hunger, with a special focus on innovative initiatives at the local level.
“I am proud that Tyson Foods assists organizations like LifeSource International, which is making a difference in our community every day,” said Debra Vernon, senior director of corporate social responsibility for Tyson Foods. “This gift will provide meals to those who need them most, while raising awareness about food insecurity”
LifeSource is a charity founded in 2001 as a small food pantry. Today LifeSource serves more than 63,500 people in Northwest Arkansas for free through seven programs: a food and clothing pantry, an after-school and summer camp program for youth, adult education classes, counseling, Senior Saturday lunches, a community outreach meal once a month, and medical referrals.