Houston Football Combines Scrimmage and Community Service for Busy Saturday

    The team spent an hour helping 25 agencies in the Houston area.
    The team spent an hour helping 25 agencies in the Houston area.
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    March 26, 2011

    The University of Houston football team had its first scrimmage of the season on Saturday at Robertson Stadium, completing 90 plays in just 90 minutes. Following the scrimmage, the team helped distribute 27,000 pounds of chicken for over 25 agencies in the Houston area.

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    SCRIMMAGE HIGHLIGHTS
    - Sophomore DB Chris Cermin recorded an interception going up over top of Gino Collins.
    - Red-shirt freshman receiver DeAndre Perry caught two touchdown passes.
    - Senior receiver E.J. Smith had a one-handed, bobbling catch for a touchdown.
    - Just off an ankle injury, junior Jeffery Lewis picked off a pass in the red zone.
    - Both quarterbacks Cotton Turner and David Piland split reps.

    LIFT UP AMERICA
    Tyson Foods, Lift Up America and student athletes from the University of Houston joined forces today to donate 27,000 pounds of boneless chicken to the Houston 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.

    "Donations of poultry and other high-protein foods are especially valuable because they allow us to provide healthier, more nutritious options to local families in need through our partner agencies," said Brian Greene, president and CEO of Houston Food Bank. "Every year, our agencies are seeing an increase in need. This significant donation will help feed our many hungry neighbors."

    The Houston Food Bank distributes more than 65 million pounds of food annually throughout its 18 county service area. Approximately 865,000 residents, including children and seniors, receive emergency food assistance each year from the Food Bank and its nearly 500 member agencies.

    "We are thrilled to join forces with with Lift Up America, Tyson Foods and the Houston Food Bank on this terrific event," said Mack Rhoades, Director of Athletics at the University of Houston. "At a time when so many families in our community are in need, The University of Houston Cougars is honored to partner with these outstanding organizations to help those in need in the Houston area."

    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.

    "In this critical time of need for so many hungry families, it is encouraging to see these caring organizations come together to lift the human spirit of others," said Eric Hannah, president of Lift Up America.

    Tyson Foods' year-long "KNOW Hunger" campaign is focused on helping more people understand and join the effort to eliminate hunger in America. It includes the recent release of a study on public perceptions of hunger, as well as a commitment to donate one million pounds of protein to food banks in 23 U.S. markets during the month of March.

    Tyson and the Food and Research Action Center (FRAC) recently commissioned a study on public perceptions of hunger. Among other things, it found that most surveyed believe hunger is a much smaller problem in their own community than it is in the state or the nation overall. Yet, 24 percent of those surveyed worry they will have trouble putting food on the table this year. Survey details are available by clicking on www.tysonhungerrelief.com.

    To hear the testimony of three prominent Americans who experienced hunger as children, go to www.tysonfoods.com/Media-Room.aspx and click on "three perspectives." Information about how to get involved in the fight against hunger is available at www.tysonhungerrelief.com.

    About the Houston Food Bank
    The Houston Food Bank is the largest source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. A network of nearly 500 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding a total of 137,000 people each week, provides more than 65 million pounds of food and prepared meals annually. Fresh produce, meat and nonperishables are distributed from Herzstein Center, a 73,000 square-foot warehouse, and hot meals are prepared and distributed from Keegan Center, a 15,000 square-foot industrial kitchen. Additional community services range from nutrition education to assistance with food stamp applications and hands-on job training. Red Barrels offer a convenient way for grocery shoppers to donate nonperishables for their neighbors in need. The Houston Food Bank, founded in 1982, is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. The organization plans to grow to an annual distribution of 120 million pounds of food by 2018.

    About Lift Up America
    Lift Up America, founded in 2004, is a collaborative effort of companies including Tyson, Ty and Give the Gift of Sight (a Luxottica Group Foundation), working with professional and college sports teams and local nonprofit agencies to provide the gifts of food, sight, hearing, hope and comfort to our nation's less fortunate. In 2006, Lift Up America added such major corporations as Starkey Hearing Foundation, Interstate Batteries and Cinemark Theaters to implement the "Giving Hope Tour," adding the gift of entertainment to those we serve. Lift Up America, through our sponsors, provided more than $25 million in hearing aids, helped approximately 26,000 people in need of prescription eyeglasses, delivered 10 million meals and over 40 million dollars in scholarships to the less fortunate across America. For more information about Lift Up America, please visit www.LiftUpAmerica.org.

    About Tyson Foods
    Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. The company has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

     

     

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