Tyson Foods gives $168,000 grant to Middle Georgia Community Food Bank

Perry Smith (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Tyson Foods announced a $168,414 grant to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank and donated 35,000 pounds on protein on Tuesday.

The grant will let the food bank create a mobile pantry by purchasing a 26-foot refrigerated truck.

“Middle Georgia Community Food Bank is grateful to have Tyson Foods’ generous support of our mission to feed our food insecure neighbors,” said David Griffin, executive director of Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. “We could not impact the lives of those we serve, including children and veterans, without caring community partners such as Tyson Foods.”

With the mobile pantry, the food bank hopes to expand its distribution territory and deliver food to families and seniors in rural areas. The food bank will also be able to pickup more retail and wholesale food donations with the new truck.

In 2016, the food bank delivered 23,894 boxes of food to rural families in Middle Georgia.

“This investment in the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank represents much more than just a new refrigerated truck,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “For every trip the mobile food pantry makes, 30 additional families and 30 additional seniors will be able to enjoy meals they might not otherwise have had.”

Middle Georgia Community Food Bank feeds those suffering from food insecurity in a 24-county service area by collecting food from donors and wholesale partners and distributing that food through a network of more than 230 partner agencies.

More information about the food bank can be found here.

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