By Ted Shockley
Thanks to a donation by Tyson Foods Inc., Foodbank of the Eastern Shore has a new refrigerated truck that will be used to deliver another 80,000 meals to families on the Eastern Shore who need them.
A dedication ceremony and check presentation was held on Friday, March 22 at the Tasley Foodbank headquarters with Tyson representatives and the new vehicle.
The $160,000 grant from Tyson Foods will help the Foodbank’s Mobile Pantry, which distributes more than 1.6 million pounds of food annually.
Tyson also provided a $25,000 grant that will support 150 children as part of the Eastern Shore Foodbank’s BackPack program.
“We’re grateful for the meaningful partnership with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and are humbled to receive this recognition for our shared commitment to eliminate hunger — specifically on the Eastern Shore,” said Tyson’s Temperanceville complex manager Kevin Taylor.
Said Ruth Jones Nichols, chief executive of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, “This donation will significantly help to improve our operational efficiencies — enabling us to provide healthy, nutritious meals to more families in the most rural part of our service area.”