SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – The Food Bank of Siouxland received two truckloads of food thanks to Tyson Foods in Dakota Dunes.
The donations from Tyson are because of their “Miles that Matter” Program.
As employees walk, run, or bike in the program, every mile translates to a pound of food being donated.
In total, 56,000 pounds of food was donated to the Food Bank of Siouxland.
Tyson’s Vice President of Human Resources says it’s a great way for their company to give back, and for their employees to stay healthy.
“It makes you feel good, this is the perfect time of the year, you know we have the holidays coming up, people need food, you know food insecurity is a problem in Sioux City, Iowa it just makes you feel good and this is perfectly timed right in front of Thanksgiving for the product we are delivering today,” said Dan Heffernan, VP Human Resources Operations at Tyson Foods.
Employees at Tyson Foods in Dakota Dunes logged over 35,000 miles, with an individual employee contributing 5,000 miles singlehandedly.
The Food Bank of Siouxland has received donations from Tyson in the past but never anything to this caliber.
“It’s an incredible partnership between what the folks at Tyson did, what Tyson as an organization did, all to benefit the Food Bank which is all about benefiting the people in need,” said Linda Scheid, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Siouxland.
There are over 25,000 food insecure individuals in Siouxland, and Scheid said with this donation they will be able to help many of those in need through the organizations that get product from The Food Bank of Siouxland.
The Food Bank of Siouxland serves 11 Counties and distributes over 2 million pounds of food each year.