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UPDATED: Tyson Foods Provides Disaster Relief in Arkansas; Continues in Missouri and Kansas

Springdale, Arkansas – May 25, 2011 – A Tyson Foods cook team from Clarksville, Arkansas, that donated time this week to disaster relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri, has returned to Clarksville to cook for members of its own community.  The city of Clarksville lost power Tuesday night after a tornado reportedly moved through, knocking down trees and power lines and damaging some buildings.


There was no damage to Tyson’s Clarksville plant or the company’s other processing plants in the area, however, five poultry breeder houses, owned by contract growers, were affected.  Tyson has sent more than 39,000 pounds of meat to that community.


The same storm reportedly killed four people, injured others and destroyed homes in several nearby communities in western Arkansas.


Tyson’s Randall Road plant in Springdale, Arkansas, sent a cook team to Ozark, Arkansas to support relief efforts in that area.  


Earlier in the week, Tyson sent food, ice, and cooking teams to Joplin, Missouri, and Reading, Kansas, to help in the aftermath of tornadoes that hit both of those communities over the weekend.


Cooking teams from as many as 10 Tyson plant locations have rotated through Joplin since early Monday to provide relief to displaced residents and first-responders. Joplin was devastated by a tornado Sunday evening that killed at least 122 people. Tyson sent two truckloads of food, a total of 77,000 pounds, and one truckload of ice to Joplin.


Photos of some of the destruction in Joplin and some of Tyson’s relief efforts can be viewed here:


The Tyson plants involved in the relief efforts in Joplin include Sedalia, Noel, and Monett, Missouri, and Berryville, Green Forest, Clarksville, Dardanelle, Van Buren, Springdale and Rogers, Arkansas. Some Tyson locations also sent nurses to Joplin, since the hospital there was severely damaged by the tornado and a request was made for additional medical assistance.


Tyson’s Noel and Monett poultry processing plants in southwest Missouri were not damaged by the storm. There were no reports of damage to any grower farms in Missouri.  


Tyson Foods’ Emporia, Kansas, specialty meats plant sent a cooking team to Reading, Kansas, where a tornado hit Saturday, killing one person and reportedly destroying 20 homes. At least five Tyson employees who work at the Emporia plant live in or near Reading, which is in east central Kansas. Some sustained damage to their homes; however, none of them were injured. The company sent nearly 71,000 pounds of food to the Reading area.


Tyson is collecting needed disaster relief items for Joplin from its employees at the corporate office in Springdale between May 25 and June 2, but it will send a first round of donations on Friday, May 27. The company will arrange to have items delivered to Joplin relief workers and victims in coordination with Cross Church, and will make a second delivery the following week.


Contact:  Gary Mickelson 479-290-6111 or