Published: Aug 11, 2010 7:38 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 11, 2010 4:37 PM EDT

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - Tyson Foods says it's teaming with music legend Neil Young in an effort to relieve hunger along the Gulf Coast, hit hard economically by a spill that coated beaches with oil at a time of year when they would normally be crowded with tourists.

Tyson Foods said Tuesday in a news release that it would donate 100,000 pounds of chicken products in conjunction with special concerts Young has planned in late September in Mobile, Alabama; Panama City and Pensacola, Florida; and Biloxi, Mississippi.

Tyson said the food would be distributed to the Bay Area Food Bank, which serves Central Gulf Coast communities in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.

In addition, concert-goers are being encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the food bank. All proceeds from the sale of limited-edition Neil Young t-shirts, available only at the concerts, will also be donated to the food bank.