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TRA and Foodservice Companies Team Up for Food Donations to Restaurant Workers

Mar 12
2021

DALLAS, TX (March 12, 2021) – Tomorrow, Saturday March 13, several thousand pounds of food will be distributed to families of restaurant workers to provide support during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Greater Dallas and Tarrant County chapters of the Texas Restaurant Association have partnered with Tyson Foods, Ben E. Keith Foods, Lipman Family Farms, Grupo Bimbo, and Jayhawk Sales to donate family meal kits and hand sanitizer to an estimated 1,200-1,500 families. The effort is designed to say thank you and acknowledge the hard work of restaurant employees.

Tyson and Ben E. Keith trailers will be set up in the parking lot at the Texas Restaurant Association North Texas Region Offices at Dallas College’s Culinary and Hospitality Campus located off 635 and Webb Chapel Road. There will be a simple contactless hand-off method in place for restaurant employees for their families to drive through, pop their trunk, and pick up a family meal pack for four people. The family packs will include chicken, tortillas, bread, rice, and produce.

“Tyson is proud to support local Dallas/Fort Worth restaurant employees through partnership with the Texas Restaurant Association,” said Britt Johnson, Sales Account Executive at Tyson Foods. “Restaurants and their employees have experienced tough times this past year, and we are proud to give this food donation as a ‘Thank You’ for their perseverance and role in making our community great. This further emphasizes Tyson’s commitment to raising the world’s expectations for how much good food can do.”

“We are honored to be able to support this Restaurant Employee Food Drive.  It has been a very difficult year for our communities, our restaurants, and especially those employees that keep those restaurants running,” said David Werner, VP of Independent Sales and Marketing for Ben E. Keith Foods.   “They have had to pivot and respond in ways that no one was prepared for, but they continue to work hard and deliver that spirit of hospitality.  They are the core of our industry, and we need to support them now, more than ever”. 

Volunteers from all organizations involved will be coming together to support the distribution efforts tomorrow. Employees of restaurants and foodservice establishments from anywhere in the DFW Metroplex are invited to come and pick up a family meal kit, while supplies last.

“The generosity of our partners throughout the last year has been immeasurable,” said Emily Williams Knight, President & CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. “Restaurants are the hearts of our communities, where we celebrate our lives. This is the second time we are doing an event of this kind in the DFW area, and we are proud to be able to give back to those who have been working so hard to keep restaurants operating, navigating the reopening protocols, and ensuring that there’s good food for Texans to enjoy.”

About the Texas Restaurant Association
The Texas Restaurant Association was formed in 1937 to serve as the advocate in Texas and the indispensable resource for the foodservice industry. Today, as a leading business association, TRA represents the state’s $70 billion restaurant industry, which is comprised of more than 50,000 locations and a workforce of 1.3 million employees. Along with the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, the Association protects, advances, and educates the growing industry.

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