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DAKOTA DUNES | Tyson Foods on Tuesday announced a $100,000 gift to fight hunger in Siouxland.

The meat company's donation to the Siouxland Community Foundation will be used to enhance training and bolster the ability of hunger relief organizations to operate effectively, according to foundation officials.

Siouxland Community Foundation partnered with LaSalle University to deliver an eight-month capacity building program. Ten to 12 participating nonprofits will receive 50 hours of instruction, coaching and problem-based consulting services, according to the release.

“We are so pleased Tyson Foods has funded this capacity building project,” said Rebecca Krohn, executive director of Siouxland Community Foundation. “So often, nonprofits need this type of mentoring, but it is cost prohibitive.”

The program targets nonprofit organizations that focus on immigrant services, hunger relief, adult education and language services.

“We are honored to fund an organization that promotes healthier communities,” said Dan Heffernan, vice president of human resources operations, Tyson Fresh Meats. “Our hope is the Siouxland Community Foundation’s efforts will reach not only our 9,000 team members in the area, but positively affect the lives of many others.”

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