ATLANTA—NACS joined Tyson Foods ahead of the 2019 NACS Show to support the greater Atlanta community by donating 4,774 cases (38,526 pounds) of assorted Jimmy Dean® and Hillshire Farm® products to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
For the past five years, Tyson Foods and NACS have teamed to support the community that’s “home” to the NACS Show.
“Partnering with organizations like the Atlanta Community Food Bank and NACS is important to us in raising awareness about food insecurity in communities all around the United States,” said Nancy Todys, senior manager, convenience channel development, for Tyson Foods. “In the greater Atlanta community, programs supported through the Food Bank serve more than 80,000 people each week, and we’re honored to be a part of those efforts.”
Hunger affects every community in the United States. Each year, an estimated 755,400 (or 1 in 7) people in metro Atlanta and north Georgia turn to Atlanta Community Food Bank partner agencies for food. Clients visit agencies an average of eight times a year. In the Food Bank's 29-county service area, 14.6% of people are food insecure, and 21.1% of children are food insecure.
“There are more than 153,000 convenience stores serving communities across the United States, and cumulatively NACS retail members contribute over $1 billion a year to charity,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives. “Our industry also has exceptional supplier members like Tyson that are also actively giving back to the community, and we’re proud to partner with Tyson to support the Atlanta Community Food Bank.”
From thousands of food bank donations over the years, grants to community organizations, and hunger-related volunteerism, Tyson Foods focuses on hunger relief efforts. In 2015, Tyson Foods announced its renewed commitment to hunger relief by pledging $50 million in cash and in-kind donations by 2020 in the fight against hunger, with a special focus on innovative initiatives at the local level.
NACS works with organizations like No Kid Hungry and Feeding America to support convenience retailers in their efforts to reduce food waste and provide hunger relief. Learn more about NACS community efforts at www.convenience.org/communitytoolkit.