DAVENPORT, IOWA — Tyson Foods announces a grant award to the River Bend Foodbank for food racking optimization. This new racking will help us fit more pallet positions per row in our warehouse and position the current racking closer together. We will have racking in both of our walk-in freezers. This will effectively double our usable storage space in the warehouse and doing this will help us accommodate an additional 1.3 million meals in our warehouse per year, and a total of 5.5 million meals by 2025. Accommodating an additional 5.5 million meals by 2025 will help us reach our goal of filling the Meal Gap.
“This Tyson Foods grant could not have come at a better time for hungry people,” said Michael Miller, President & CEO of River Bend Foodbank. “We are currently distributing twice as much food as just four years ago, with the same amount of storage space. Optimizing our racking configuration will allow us to continue that growth toward our ultimate goal of ending hunger in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Many thanks to Tyson and all of their employees for helping to make this happen.”
“We’re proud to support the River Bend Foodbank and its efforts to feed our community,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “There are a variety of ways to effectively address hunger and in this case additional storage means more meals to more people.”
About River Bend Foodbank — The Foodbank is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, having distributed over 15.1 million meals in 2018 to hungry people in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Our mission is to lead the community-wide effort to end hunger in Iowa and Illinois. We do this through food distribution in partnership with our 300 agencies as well as our Mobile Pantries, Senior Pantries, School Pantries, and Backpack Program. The best and easiest way to help is to go online: visit us at riverbendfoodbank.org.
About Tyson Foods — Tyson Foods Inc is one of the world’s largest food-companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W Tyson, and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp®, and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available, and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 122,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members, and serve as a steward of the animals, land, and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tysonfoods.com.