One in eight Iowans are food insecure and one in five children don’t have enough to eat.
Two Iowa companies are trying to help change those statistics.
Tyson Foods and Hy-Vee donated more than 30-thousand pounds of chicken Monday.
It was unloaded from semi-trucks before being distributed throughout the state by the Food Bank of Iowa.
The Food Bank serves 100-thousand individuals through its network of 375 partner agencies.
Authorities say it’s important to offer protein to hungry families and that’s just what the donated meat will do.
“Childhood hunger and hunger in general is a very big problems and it’s something that if you don’t see it on your neighborhood streets or in your schools sometimes it’s easy to forget it exists but it does exist,” Hy-Vee vice president, Nate Stewart said.
“And what we want to do with this donation… is to bring awareness – that it is a very real problem and it’s something we’re very concerned about.”
Tyson Foods has donated over 93-million-pounds of food to food banks across the nation since 2000.