Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is donating 600,000 meals (150,000 pounds of protein) and deploying other disaster relief efforts to help support parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and other states devastated by the recent tornadoes.
The company is partnering with Walmart to help feed families and relief workers in Mayfield, Kentucky, which is home to Tyson team members who work at its poultry complex in nearby Union City, Tennessee.
Plans are also underway to provide food and other assistance in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as well as other nearby communities. Food also will be provided in Samburg and Dresden, Tennessee.
“We’re deeply saddened by the damage and loss of life caused by this powerful storm, and we want to do our part to help,” said John R. Tyson, EVP and chief sustainability officer. “We’re pitching in to help Tyson team members who have experienced storm damage, and we will continue to work with local community partners to learn where our resources and expertise can be best utilized.”
Tyson Foods plans to locate its Meals That Matter disaster relief trailer at the Walmart Supercenter in Mayfield early this week and will have volunteers on site who will distribute food. The volunteers involved will include grill teams from the company’s facilities in Humboldt, Tennessee, and Corydon, Indiana. Volunteers from Tyson locations in Arkansas also will assist.
The storms on Dec. 10 resulted in temporary power outages at some western Tennessee farms that supply Tyson Foods. It also damaged a small number of chicken houses in northern Tennessee. There is no indication of any significant impact on company operations.
Tyson Foods Inc. is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells, ibp and State Fair. The company has 139,000 team members globally.