LULAC and Tyson Foods Donate 40,000 Pounds of Protein to South Texas Food Bank

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LULAC and Tyson Foods continue their partnership and bring protein to thousands of Texas families.

As a proud Laredo native, I am pleased to see this partnership take place in South Texas, and look forward to seeing its benefits throughout the community.

Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Tyson Foods joined to donate 40,000 pounds of protein to the South Texas Food Bank in Laredo, Texas. Since 2009, LULAC and Tyson Foods have donated more than 1 million pounds of protein to food banks across the country and Puerto Rico. This latest donation represents LULAC and Tyson Foods’ commitment to eradicating hunger in some of America’s most vulnerable communities.

“We are honored to continue our partnership with Tyson Foods which will help feed thousands of Texas families,” said Roger C. Rocha, Jr., LULAC National President. “As a proud Laredo native, I am pleased to see this partnership take place in South Texas, and look forward to seeing its benefits throughout the 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 South Texas Food Bank serves one of the poorest areas in Texas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, some of the counties served by the food bank have a poverty rate of over 30%.

“For the past 26 years, the South Texas Food Bank has served thousands of families, seniors, children, and veterans in an eight-county area,” said Nora Venegas, director of federal government relations for Tyson Foods. “With this donation, we hope to help those in need as well as raise awareness about how hunger affects all communities.”

“This great protein product will be a blessing to our South Texas Food Bank clients,” said Alma Boubel, executive director, South Texas Food Bank. “We are very grateful.”

Tax deductible donations to the South Texas Food Bank can be mailed to:

South Texas Food Bank
1901 Freight St.
Laredo, Texas 78041

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit http://www.lulac.org.

Tyson Foods, Inc., with headquarters in Springdale, Ark., is one of the world's largest food companies with leading brands such as Tyson®,Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells® and State Fair®. It’s a recognized market leader in chicken, beef and pork as well as prepared foods, including bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey, lunchmeat, hot dogs, pizza crusts and toppings, tortillas and desserts. The company supplies retail and foodservice customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. Tyson Foods was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to lead the business with his son, Don Tyson, guiding the company for many years and grandson, John H. Tyson, serving as the current chairman of the board of directors. The company currently has approximately 113,000 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 Foods 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.

The South Texas Food Bank, located at 1907 Freight in Laredo, distributes supplemental food to the unemployed, under-employed and those living on fixed incomes. The South Texas Food Bank serves an average of 27,000 families, 7,000 children, 7,000 elderly and 500 veterans and their widows per month in an eight-county area from Rio Grande City to Del Rio. For STFB information, check the website http://www.southtexasfoodbank.org or call 956. 726-3120 during business hours.

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