LULAC and Tyson Foods Donate 33,000 Pounds of Protein to Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C.
Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Tyson Foods joined forces to donate 33,000 pounds of protein to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. The donation kicked off the LULAC Legislative Conference and Awards Gala and the Emerge Latino Conference taking place this week in Washington. Thanks to a longstanding partnership, LULAC and Tyson Foods have donated more than 1 million pounds of protein to food banks across the country and Puerto Rico since 2009.
“LULAC is honored to continue our partnership with Tyson Foods and bring important resources to our nation’s capital,” said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. “As we host the Legislative Conference this week in Washington to advocate for the policies important to our community, such as hunger disparities, it’s important that we each play our part to alleviate hunger in our community.”
As the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the country, LULAC is committed to alleviating hunger disparities among the Latino community. The Capital Area Food Bank serves over 540,000 people each year in the Washington, D.C. metro area which accounts for approximately 12 percent of the population. Nearly 40% of those served by the food bank are Latino.
Among all protein processors, Tyson Foods is the largest donor of meat and poultry to Feeding America and its network of food banks. Tyson Foods has been an active participant in the fight against hunger since 2000, donating more than 100 million pounds of protein. In 2015, Tyson Foods pledged $50 million in cash or in-kind donations by 2020 to fight hunger, with a special focus on innovative initiatives at the local level. In 2016, the company donated $12.5 million for hunger relief.
“We’re proud to try to do our part to help great partners like the Capital Area Food Bank, which works on the front lines every day to end hunger,” said Nora Venegas. director of federal government relations for Tyson Foods. “Too many in our community are food insecure, and although the problem is complex, the answer starts with getting involved. It’s our privilege to help.”
Over 75 college students attending LULAC’s Emerge Latino Conference participated in a community service event at the food bank to help alleviate hunger in the region.
“Access to good food is the key to good health”, said Nancy E. Roman, President and CEO of the food bank. “A protein donation like this one helps us provide food to families that’s so critical in building strong bodies and minds”.