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Tyson Foods awards $50K grant to pantry

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WHEATON -- People's Resource Center announced it has received a $50,000 grant award from Tyson Foods for its food pantry services.

The money will allow PRC to continue to provide for 28 percent of families in DuPage County who use its food pantries.

"Tyson Foods support ensures that neighbors facing difficult times have access to the healthy food they need to live productive and active lives," said Jenifer Fabian, executive director of People's Resource Center. "Nearly 80 percent of our families first come to PRC for food pantry services. By supporting the program, Tyson Foods creates a critical bridge to the wide array of programs and services PRC offers for DuPage County residents, including educational and job search programming that can help lift families out of poverty."

PRC operates two of the largest-volume food pantries in the Chicago region, serving 21,000 people each year. Families can shop twice per month for the items that best fit their dietary and cultural needs. With the help of volunteers, they choose from fresh produce, bread, dairy products, frozen meat, and healthy non-perishables such as beans or vegetables. It also offers essentials like diapers, birthday bags, toys, and hygiene and cleaning products when available. Seniors and disabled individuals can receive monthly grocery deliveries.

Tyson Foods regularly provides volunteers and funding to the PRC Food Pantry.