By Brittany Mathis
Southeastern Grocers Community Connections
North Florida and East Central Florida
Tyson Foods and Winn-Dixie Stores joined forces to take part in Hunger Action Month and to help alleviate hunger in the Jacksonville area by donating a truckload of chicken to Feeding Northeast Florida.
A total of 44,000 pounds of chicken were donated to the food bank. Winn-Dixie volunteers and crews unloaded 22 tons of food donations. Feeding Northeast Florida distributed the chicken to neighbors in need through nearly 180 partner food pantries and hunger relief organizations.
“In honor of Hunger Action Month, Winn-Dixie is proud to join forces with Tyson Foods to address what, for too many people, is a very real problem,” Winn-Dixie North Florida Regional Vice President Shawn Sloan said. “It’s important for us to continue our longstanding partnership with Feeding Northeast Florida and help eliminate hunger in our community.”
Meat and poultry are nutrient-dense foods, according to health experts, and can be especially helpful to people who need more protein, including growing children, pregnant women, the elderly and anyone undergoing severe stress, disease or disability. According to food banks nationwide, meat is the most requested but least available food.
“Providing 44,000 pounds of chicken is a tremendous way for Tyson Foods and Winn-Dixie to take part in Hunger Action Month and make a truly positive impact on the 38,000 people who face hunger each week in our communities,” Feeding Northeast Florida President and CEO Bruce Ganger said. “This ensures we can provide a fresh source of protein-rich poultry to nearly 180 food pantries in Northeast Florida, and the individuals and families who rely on them every day.”Tyson Foods’ “KNOW Hunger” campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. The company works with Feeding America, Share Our Strength and Lift Up America to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation.