The Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter recently received a $50,000 grant from Tyson Foods for its “Happy Plate” food program to feed children in crisis, according to a news release from the shelter.

The Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter serves area children age 6 to 17 who have been removed from their home by the Department of Human Services due to neglect and/or abuse. The facility provides shelter and care in a safe and structured home-like environment and allows the children the opportunity to “just be kids," the release states.

This investment will allow the the shelter to provide 40,000 meals to the hundreds of foster care children it serves each year. The Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter has served more than 3,752 children since it opened its doors in October 1997, the release states.

In addition to providing hunger relief, Tyson Foods is also partnering with the shelter at 8 a.m. Friday as Tyson Foods team members paint the exterior of the shelter and the inside of the children’s gymnasium.