In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Tyson Foods has transformed the way we keep our team members safe – from purchasing walk-through temperature scanners to setting up dividers between workspaces at our facilities. But our commitment to safety doesn’t end when our team members end their shift. It extends to their loved ones and the communities where we work and live.

That is why we are distributing 300,000 masks to our workforce that they can use outside our plants and share with loved ones.

We have heard from our team members across the country that finding enough personal protective equipment for themselves and their families to use in daily life can sometimes be challenging. Providing masks is one way we are helping give peace of mind to our workers and those closest to them as they do the critical work of keeping food on America’s tables. This donation is in addition to the protective face coverings we are already distributing to our team members to use at our facilities and is intended to help them and their loved ones practice appropriate protective measures in their personal life away from work.

Of the masks being distributed, 250,000 were procured by Tyson and 50,000 were sourced from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The masks are absolutely helpful to our team members. Everyone is grateful to have them,” said Ben Dixon, nursing manager at Mexican Original.

This action is just one piece of Tyson’s ongoing efforts to protect and support our team members, their families and our local communities during this pandemic. Other recent initiatives include:

  • Partnering with Matrix Medical Network, a leading provider of mobile health clinics, to provide onsite testing of team members for COVID-19 and other health services that will help bring peace of mind to our team members.
  • Doubling “thank you” bonuses to 116,000 U.S. frontline workers and truckers to a total $120 million. Team members who cannot come to work because of illness or childcare issues related to COVID-19 will continue to qualify.
  • Increasing short-term disability coverage to 90% of normal pay until June 30, 2020, for team members who are unable to work due to illness and increasing other health benefits.
  • Donating more than 28 million meals to food banks, other hunger relief agencies and community pantries near our facilities, including 10 million of those meals directly to our hourly team members as they continue the inspiring work of keeping our country fed.

For more information on our efforts to keep team members safe and the nation fed amid COVID-19, visit our response page at

Senior Director and Administrator Occupational Health at Tyson Foods