SPRINGDALE, Ark. – International recording star Neil Young and John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods Inc., have joined forces to help fight hunger in Gulf Coast communities affected by the recent oil spill. The hunger relief effort is the result of the long-standing friendship between Young and Tyson.
Tyson Foods intends to donate 100,000 lbs. of chicken products in conjunction with special concerts Mr. Young has planned in late September in Mobile, Ala.; Panama City and Pensacola, Fla.; and Biloxi, Miss.
All food donations will be distributed to the Bay Area Food Bank, which serves Central Gulf Coast communities in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.
Concert attendees are being encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, which will be given to the food bank. All proceeds from the sale of unique, limited-edition Neil Young t-shirts, available only at the concerts, will also be donated to the food bank.
"Millions of people who live along the Gulf Coast struggle with hunger and the economic impact of the oil spill has only made matters worse," Young said. "I appreciate the willingness of John Tyson and his company to get involved by helping the regional food bank help feed those in need. John is truly a 'southern man' with a 'heart of gold'. We both encourage concert-goers to spend money locally and support local business."
"Neil and I have known each other for many years and both wanted to do something to help those whose livelihoods have been damaged by the oil spill," Tyson added. "We decided it made sense to combine Neil's widely-known musical talents with our company's ongoing commitment to hunger relief."
Tyson will be delivering four truckloads of chicken, the equivalent of almost 400,000 meals, to the Bay Area Food Bank. Information about tickets, as well as the dates and locations of the specially-scheduled concerts, can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.neilyoung.com/tour.html