Harvest Regional Food Bank is partnering with Tyson Foods in Nashville, Arkansas to relieve hunger in three rural counties.
Tyson Foods donated fifty thousand dollars to the food bank on Thursday. Harvest Regional Food Bank Executive Director Camille Wrinkle said, “We’re gonna be able to deliver several hundred thousand more meals because of the funding we’re receiving today.”
The money is earmarked for the food bank’s mobile food pantry program in Howard, Pike and Hempstead Counties. Wrinkle said these areas are among their more rural and underserved. “(We will) be be able to go to these communities and deliver food straight from our truck so we can put meals directly in the hands of people who need it most,” she said. Tyson Foods spokesman Tem Gunter added, “A lot of our team members are affected by food insecurity and being underserved.”
Gunter said his company also helped establish a food pantry and backpack program at Nashville Public Schools in November. Gunter said, “We’ve been able to determine there’s a real need for hunger relief and that’s the reason for the donation,” he said.
The food bank also partners with Nashville Public Schools. The program is now feeding about seventy-five students a week. Wrinkle said, “Sometimes there’s an issue with their being a stable source of food once they’re at home for the weekend,”
Over the last year, Harvest Regional Food Bank has given out over three million meals.