Food Bank of Siouxland able to feed thousands thanks to Tyson Fresh Meats donation

Tyson Fresh Meats donated 56,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Siouxland as part of Tyson's "Miles that Matter" program, which tracks employees' exercise routines and makes a donation based on their results.

Hungry families in Siouxland are getting a big boost of protein thanks to a local meat-packer.

Tyson Fresh Meats donated 56,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Siouxland Thursday morning.

That donation coming as part of Tyson's "Miles that Matter" program, which tracks employees' exercise routines and makes a donation based on their results.

The Food Bank says the timing of this donation is great, because they see an increased demand this time of year.

"We know that people have extra challenges with their food needs this time of year. It's particularly hard on our heart strings that we get to Thanksgiving and Christmas and that there are people that feel like that's a problem because they don't have enough food to eat," said Food Bank Executive Director, Linda Scheid.

"Miles that Matter" was created by Tyson as a way to encourage a healthy lifestyle and build teamwork among its team members.

"It's amazing what good food can do for the communities, we look at food insecurity, we look at health community and healthy individuals. Those three initiatives fit perfectly with the miles that matter program," said Tyson representative Dan Heffernan.

The Food Bank will work with its partner agencies to distribute the donation to the more than 25,000 people in Siouxland it helps feed.

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