For the third consecutive year, Tyson Foods, Inc. is supporting McDonald’s annual Cans for Coffee food drive by donating 32,000 pounds of protein in an effort to fight hunger. Ozarks Food Harvest distributed the food to its network of more than 300 member charities throughout the Ozarks region. The donation event was held at Ozarks Food Harvest’s warehouse, Springfield, Mo.
McDonald’s Cans for Coffee food drive encourages participants to donate a non-perishable food item in exchange for one free small McCafé® coffee or hot chocolate of their choice through Nov. 21.
“McDonald’s proudly serves many community efforts in the Ozarks,” said McDonald’s Owner Chip McGeehan. “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.”
Missouri ranks in the top 10 states for the number of food insecure households, 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 nearly nine million pounds of food annually.
“In these challenging times, we’re forced to distribute more and more food to thousands of additional families who have never needed our help before,” said Bart Brown, president and CEO at Ozarks Food Harvest.
“The Cans for Coffee food drive is a great program dedicated to bringing a greater awareness to the issue of hunger in America,” said Ed Nicholson, director of community relations, Tyson Foods. “Our company and team members recognize the increasing demands upon food banks, especially during the holiday season. We are delighted to do our part to help make a difference in this community.”
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 by Tyson is one of the most concentrated sources of protein—an essential nutrient of life.
“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 Tyson’s long-lasting impact in communities like ours,” said Brown.
Ozarks Food Harvest is the only food bank in southwest Missouri, serving more than 300 hunger relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank reaches more than 14,000 individuals weekly and distributes nearly nine million pounds of food annually.
(Photo: From left, Brandon Hurlbut and Greg Lancelot of Tyson Foods, with Chip McGeehan of McDonald’s and Bart Brown of Ozarks Food Harvest.)