Food Manufacturer Donates Thousands to Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is set to receive several thousand pounds of food Monday evening during an event drawing attention to hunger.

Tyson Foods is joining Lift Up America to donate more than 30,000 pounds of protein to the food bank at an event beginning at 6 pm. The donation will take place at the Donald W. Reynolds Center Parking Lot in Tulsa.

According to the release, the donation is in conjunction with the Tyson "Know Hunger" campaign and to draw attention to a recent survey commissioned by the company on hunger in America. The survey was done with the help of the Food Research and Action Center.

Representatives from each organization, including the University of Tulsa, will be on hand during the event helping to fight hunger in eastern Oklahoma.

Tyson Foods frequently partners with organizations similar to Lift Up America, such as Feeding America, Share Our Strength and the League of United Latin American Citizens to raise hunger awareness and to feed the hunger in the U.S., according to the event's release.

Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap 2010 reported that one in four Oklahoma children is at risk of going to bed hungry.

Another report by AARP's Food Insecurity Among Older Adults said that one in 16 Oklahoma seniors have to choose between purchasing food or medicine.

For more information about the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, visit their website at