Meals that Matter Mobile Relief Operations Sent with Cooking Teams
SPRINGDALE, Ark. — August 30, 2017 — In response to historic flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Tyson Foods will send teams to prepare meals for those affected by and responding to the disaster. A cook site will be set up at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Conroe, Texas, and free, hot meals will be provided onsite beginning at 11 a.m. Friday morning for anyone who is in need. In addition, a distribution network will be established with local authorities and disaster relief organizations to deliver meals to flood victims in the Houston metro area.
Teams from Tyson Foods’ operations in Clarksville, Dardanelle, Scranton and Texarkana, Arkansas, will arrive onsite Thursday. The company’s Meals that Matter mobile relief truck will be sent from its home in Springdale, Arkansas, and is also expected to arrive onsite Thursday. The company is sending three tractor-trailer loads of product totaling nearly 100,000 pounds, one tractor-trailer load of bulk ice, one tractor-trailer load of bagged ice and one tractor-trailer load of bottled water.
Tyson Foods will be working closely with its disaster relief partners Bimbo Bakeries USA, Harris Baking Co., Hugg & Hall Equipment Co., and Peppersource to maximize relief efforts.
Team Rubicon, another disaster relief partner comprised of military veterans, is deploying its Mobile Command Center, which was donated by Tyson Foods in 2014 and includes sleeping quarters, and office and storage space for Team Rubicon’s staff and volunteers.
The company has also announced a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross and $50,000 to the Salvation Army to assist in disaster relief efforts in Texas.
“With nearly 12,000 team members throughout the state of Texas and a facility in Houston, the damage left by Hurricane Harvey hits close to home,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility. “This deployment wouldn’t be possible without the support of our team members, disaster relief partners and customers who are all volunteering time and resources to make sure our response is as successful as possible.”
About Tyson Foods, Inc.
Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) 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®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 114,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tysonfoods.com.
Derek Burleson, 479-290-6466, [email protected]