To mark the 50th anniversary of its beef processing plant in Dakota City, Tyson Foods is donating $50,000 and a truckload of meat to an area food bank.
Linda Scheid, director of the Food Bank of Siouxland, says the cash donation will go toward a backpack program that feeds school children from low-income families on weekends.
“We’re so excited because we had already made the commitment to take on two new schools this year and that’s a little nerve-racking when you take on those commitments,” Scheid says.
The food bank is serving eight area schools and 1,800 children with the “backpack” program. She says the semi-truck packed with meat arrived last week.
“This particular truckload was a truckload of chicken,” Scheid said. “We took about 10 to 12 pallets off it right away. They have the rest of it in cold storage for us here in Sioux City, so when we’re ready for more, we’ll go pick up another 4 to 6 pallets at a time.”
The Food Bank of Siouxland serves nearly 125 food pantries, shelters, daycares, senior centers and other facilities across 11 counties in the region, including: Dakota, Thurston, and Burt counties in Nebraska.
By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City