Tyson Foods aids US storm victims

09-05-2011 | |

Tyson Foods, donated more than 270,000 pounds of food as part of disaster relief efforts in several states affected by devastating storms, company officials reported.

“We’re shocked and saddened by the impact of these powerful spring storms and are pitching in to help those whose lives have been turned upside down by the devastation,” said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods.  

Tyson stationed six cooking teams in northern Alabama to help feed disaster relief workers, as well as employees, contract poultry growers and local residents who have been affected by the storms.  In addition to delivering four truckloads of meat, poultry and tortillas, the company also brought in ice and 27,000 bottles of water. 

Tyson Foods employs approximately 2,000 people in Alabama and depends on more than 340 contract poultry growers in the state.  The company’s Blountsville and Albertville chicken processing plants were not damaged by the recent storm but were idled when they lost power.  Some northern Alabama chicken farms that raise birds for Tyson had chicken houses that were destroyed or damaged.  The company is helping the affected contract chicken growers with clean up efforts.

Source: Tyson Foods