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Ahead of Christmas, 23 tons of chicken delivered to nonprofit

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With the countdown to Christmas underway, Ozarks Food Harvest this month accepted more than 23 tons of chicken donations.

The most recent donation was made yesterday when representatives of Waverly, Nebraska-based Smart Chicken delivered nearly 7,000 pounds of chicken. The poultry provider has donated nearly 132,000 pounds of product to the Springfield nonprofit since 2004, according to a news release.

“The holidays provide unique challenges for food-insecure families,” said Bart Brown, president and CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest, in the release. “Thanks to Smart Chicken, we will be able to provide protein for children, families and seniors who aren’t sure where their next meal will come from.”

During November, a Smart Chicken fundraising campaign donated one pound of chicken for every 10 pounds purchased at retailers including Price Cutter and Harter House.

Smart Chicken parent company Tecumseh Poultry LLC last year was purchased by Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN), according to a June 2018 news release.

Officials with Tyson were in Springfield earlier this month to donate 40,000 pounds of chicken breast filets. The Dec. 6 donation brings Tyson’s total giving to Ozarks Food Harvest to over 438,000 pounds since 2008, according to a separate release.

Ozarks Food Harvest provides more than 18.5 million meals annually to some 261,000 individuals.

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