Danville, Ark. (March 1, 2012) – Wayne Farms LLC recently teamed with many other member businesses of The Poultry Federation to donate chicken to the Arkansas Foodbank. A total of 48,000 pounds of eggs, chicken and turkey products were donated among all companies. First Lady Ginger Beebe and representatives of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance (AHRA) and the Arkansas Foodbank accepted the donations to help the No Kid Hungry campaign.
“One of the new initiatives of the Alliance is the No Kid Hungry Arkansas Campaign, launched by the Alliance, Governor Beebe’s office, and Share Our Strength in 2010,” stated Joyce Hardy, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance-No Kid Hungry Arkansas Director. “We are so grateful for this generous donation of food which helps the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in its mission ‘... to reduce hunger through a unified effort to provide hunger relief, education and advocacy.’”
David Elam, Danville Complex Manager for Wayne Farms, was on hand to present the donation from Wayne Farms. “We are proud to be able to make this donation of protein to help feed hungry kids in the Arkansas area as well as to help raise the awareness of hunger in our state. We encourage people and companies across the United States to become more involved in fighting hunger across our nation.”
Said Phyllis Haynes, CEO of the Arkansas Foodbank: “This donation of protein is so valuable to the nearly 300 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters we support. We stress nutrition-rich foods, especially for children, who need these foods to help them grow into healthy, active adults. We are so grateful to the Poultry Federation and its members for this valuable donation.”
About Wayne Farms LLC
Wayne Farms LLC is the sixth-largest vertically integrated poultry producer in the United States with annual sales exceeding $1 billion. A subsidiary of Continental Grain Company, Wayne Farms owns and operates 10 fresh and further-processed facilities throughout the Southeast, produces more than 1 billion pounds of poultry products each year, and employs more than 8,500 individuals.
About the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance (Alliance) is a nonprofit collaborative of hunger relief organizations throughout Arkansas. It works with local, state and federal groups to keep food on the tables of Arkansans who need it most. The Alliance and its members provided more than 25 million pounds of food to hungry Arkansans in 2009. Formed in 2004 with six founding members, the Alliance includes over 100 members including the Feeding America Food Banks, local hunger relief agencies, state level hunger programs and hunger advocates from around the state that work daily to reduce hunger in Arkansas.
About the Arkansas Foodbank
The Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is a member of Feeding America and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Its warehouses in Little Rock and Warren, Ark., serve more than 250 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that provide aid directly to hungry Arkansans. Last year the Foodbank distributed 13.3 million pounds of food to agencies that help feed people who go hungry. For information on how you can fight hunger, visit arkansasfoodbank.org
About the Poultry Federation
The Poultry Federation is a tri-state trade association representing the poultry and egg industries in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Offices are located in Little Rock, AR; Jefferson City, MO, and Oklahoma City, OK.