Pasco, WA  - January, 2019

Second Harvest received a $92,000 grant from Tyson Foods to increase capacity of its Pasco distribution center in order to source and distribute more healthy food for people in need.

This generous charitable investment provides Second Harvest with a needed pallet racking system and forklift to maximize existing warehouse space and streamline costs. The expanded storage capacity will make it possible to secure and distribute 445,000 pounds of additional donated fresh produce and other healthy food (the equivalent of 371,000 meals) over the next 12 months. 

The new infrastructure supported by Tyson Foods will result in increased capacity and efficiency of the distribution center. The grant-funded capital improvements will make it possible for Second Harvest to secure and distribute 445,000 new pounds of food at a cost of only 20 cents per pound.

“Building stronger, healthier communities is a commitment Tyson Foods and Second Harvest take very seriously,” said Chelsea Armstrong, Regional Executive Director of Second Harvest. “Hunger relief is the primary way Tyson Foods gives back, and this generous grant to support our mission to provide healthy food to every person, every day will mean more meals for more people in our community.”

In 2015, Tyson Foods pledged $50 million in cash and in-kind donations over the next five years to fight hunger. As of the end of 2018 fiscal, the company had donated more than $45,875,000 toward hunger relief in the form of product donations and charitable grants.

“We are proud to support Second Harvest and other Feeding America affiliates who are tackling urgent food supply needs and creating effective short-term hunger-relief programs,” said David Tobias, Tyson Foods. “This investment will allow the food bank to more efficiently and more effectively reach those who are dealing with food insecurity.”

We are grateful to Tyson Foods for their incredible support in helping us put more nutritious food on the tables of our neighbors in need.