Tyson Foods is donating 10 million meals to families in 16 states, including Arkansas, to help in COVID-19 support efforts. The gift is made through a partnership with Feed the Children and is the meat giant’s largest single donation this year at 2.5 million pounds.
A recent study by the Brookings Institution revealed 40.9% of mothers with children under 12 reported household food insecurity since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study also found that food insecurity in households with children under 18 has increased by about 130% from 2018 to present.
Feed the Children said much of the product is already on its way to food banks, churches and pantries to bring needed relief to struggling families with plans for the remaining product to be delivered by the end of August.
Tyson and Feed the Children have an 18-year relationship but said during these extraordinary times where unemployment rates remain above 10%, they are working more closely together to ensure families who may have never had to worry about their livelihoods still have access to nutritious food.
“We believe that no child should go to bed hungry, especially during this unsettling time around COVID-19,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. “We understand that many Americans are facing unexpected challenges and we are working diligently with our partners such as Tyson Foods to ensure that as needs rise, children and their families continue to receive the food and supplies they need.”