Tyson Foods Gives $1 Million to United Way Chapters

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale said Thursday that it has pledged more than $1 million to a pair of United Way chapters, including one in northwest Arkansas, during recent fundraising campaigns.

The meat processor said the money will help the nonprofit United Way meet needs around education, financial stability and health in the communities it serves.

Tyson said it collected $670,000 from its employees in Benton, Madison and Washington counties in northwest Arkansas and McDonald County in southwest Missouri. The total was 34 percent higher than in 2010.

The Northwest Arkansas United Way chapter's total 2010 grants, allocations and expenses to run programs that directly impact the communities in its coverage area were valued at more than $3 million.

Tyson Fresh Meats, headquartered in Dakota Dunes, S.D., has offices and a plant in Dakota City, Neb. Those offices pledged $360,550 to United Way of Siouxland. The Siouxland United Way chapter's total 2010-11 grants, allocations and in-kind gifts given back into its community service area were valued at more than $2.54 million.