JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Mississippi Food Network received a tremendous donation from Tyson Foods on Friday morning. An 18-wheeler packed with protein was unloaded at the Mississippi Food Network's warehouse on Beatty Street.
In all the non-profit food distributor received 23,000 pounds of chicken from the company which has plants in Carthage, Forest and Vicksburg. The food network uses donations such as these to distribute an estimated 1.5 million pounds of food to 100,000 people a month.
The Food Network's director of development, Marilyn Blackledge, said this donation will feed hundreds of families in Mississippi.
"There are a lot of people out there in need, so for us to get a truck load of chicken is just a wonderful donation," Blackledge said. "It's going to equate to 18,000 meals that we're able to provide."
Tyson Foods officials say they have been engaged in the war against hunger for the past decade. John Kyker, the human resources manager at the Carthage Tyson Complex, said Tyson has donated 76 million pounds of food in the last 10 years.
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