Tyson Foods Awards $50,000 Grant to Harvest Regional Food Bank
Harvest Regional Food Bank, Texarkana, received a grant from Tyson Foods, Inc, for $50,000 to support Harvest’s Mobile Pantry program in Howard, Pike and Hempstead counties in Southwest Arkansas. A check presentation will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2019, 10AM, at Tyson Foods Inc, 100 East Cassady, Nashville, AR.
Several of the nine Arkansas counties served by Harvest Regional Food Bank lack enough pantries or agencies to distribute enough food to meet the hunger relief needs of the community. In 2011, Harvest established the Mobile Pantry program to provide food directly to those communities with the fewest hunger relief options. The food bank began quarterly distributions in two counties, and have increased mobile distributions to include six rural and underserved counties.
“It is Harvest Regional Food Bank's plan to continue expanding the program to hold either quarterly, or bi-monthly mobile pantries in rural and underserved areas to increase the percentage of need met through distribution,” said Camille Wrinkle, Executive Director at Harvest.
“The funds received from Tyson Foods, Inc. Blue & You Foundation will help us provide an additional 300,000 pounds of fresh and shelf stable food to approximately 175 food insecure families each month.”
“Recognizing there is real need for hunger relief here in southwest Arkansas, Tyson Foods is pleased to provide a $50,000 grant to Harvest Regional Food Bank,” according to Tem Gunter, HR Manager at Tyson Foods Nashville Complex. “The grant will enable Harvest Mobile Food Pantry to not only add to the number of communities it serves, but also the frequency in which it delivers meals to those communities.”