Company donates 29,000 pounds of protein to Capital Area Food BankWASHINGTON, March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tyson Foods today donated 29,000 pounds of boneless chicken to the Capital Area Food Bank as part of an effort to feed people in need and promote public awareness of hunger in America. "There are millions of hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are faced with the realities of hunger and malnourishment," said John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods. "We are trying to make a difference in their lives by providing nutrient-rich protein and by increasing understanding of hunger in our country." Meat and poultry are nutrient-dense foods and, according to health experts, can be especially helpful to people who need more protein including growing children, pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone undergoing severe stress disease or disability. According to food banks nationwide, meat is the most requested and least available food. Last year, the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 27 million pounds of food, including 10.8 million pounds of fresh produce, through more than 700 partner agencies located in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, Maryland; Washington, DC; and Northern Virginia. More than 478,000 people were served over 2.1 million meals. Lynn Brantley, President and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank, said, "Today, as food prices are spiking, more than 600,000 Washington metro area residents, including 200,000 children, are facing hunger and malnutrition. On behalf of those we serve, we thank Tyson Foods for its generous donation." Tyson Foods has been an active participant in the fight against hunger for a decade, donating more than 78 million pounds of protein, or the equivalent of 300 million meals. The company partners with Share Our Strength, Lift Up America, Feeding America, the League of United Latin American Citizens to raise awareness and help feed the hungry across the nation.