Tyson Foods, Inc. gives McDonald’s Cans for Coffee a boost

Tyson Foods, Inc. gives McDonald’s Cans for Coffee a boost

November 13, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— For the fifth consecutive year, Tyson Foods, Inc. is supporting McDonald’s annual Cans for Coffee food drive by donating 38,400 pounds of protein to Ozarks Food Harvest. The regional food bank will distribute this morning’s donation to its network of 250 member charities across the Ozarks.

Cans for Coffee encourages McDonald’s customers to donate a non-perishable food item in exchange for one free small McCafé® coffee or hot chocolate of their choice through Nov. 18.

“McDonald’s proudly serves many community efforts in the Ozarks,” said McDonald’s Owner-Operator Donna Powers.  “In this season of Thanksgiving, our Cans for Coffee food drive encourages our customers to join us in helping the needy in their communities. We want to thank Tyson for their contribution to this food drive.”

The food insecurity rate in southwest Missouri is 16 percent, meaning more than 173,000 people struggle with the issue of hunger, and making food drives such as Cans for Coffee all the more important to area residents. Ozarks Food Harvest is the only food bank in southwest Missouri and serves 28 counties, distributing more than 800,000 meals monthly — or ten million meals annually.

“At Tyson Foods, we can donate food because there are tremendous organizations like Ozarks Food Harvest all across the country that work hard every day to see that people are fed in their communities. We couldn’t do it without them,” said Gina Johnson-Bumgarner, regional sales manager, Tyson Foods, Inc. “On behalf of the 115,000 Tyson Team Members from across the country, we’re proud to donate this truckload of Tyson products toward hunger relief in southwest Missouri.”

Protein is an excellent source of energy and an important part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, protein is the item that is donated to food banks the least. The chicken donated today by Tyson is one of the most concentrated sources of protein — an essential nutrient of life.

“The McDonald’s Cans for Coffee food drive is a great program dedicated to bringing awareness to the issue of hunger,” said Denise Gibson, development director at OFH. “And we’re honored to partner with Tyson to do our part to put more protein-rich foods on the dinner tables of those in need. We truly value the long-lasting impact Tyson and McDonald’s has on communities like ours.”

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About Ozarks Food Harvest—The Food Bank    
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 250 organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributes 10 million meals annually to 170,000 unduplicated individuals. Learn more at, or

About Tyson Foods, Inc.                                                                                                                                                                       Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:  TSN), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500.  The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and more than 139 countries. The company has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. To find out more about the Tyson Foods commitment to hunger relief, go to

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