Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Perdue Farms this week all announced generous donations to support recovery efforts from recent tornadoes in southwest Kentucky.

Tyson Foods announced it is partnering with Walmart to donate 600,000 meals to help feed families and relief workers in Mayfield, Kentucky. The company also said plans are in the works to provide food and additional aid to Bowling Green, Kentucky, Dresden, Tennessee, and Samburg, Tennessee. The donation was a part of Tyson’s Meals that Matter program.

“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,” Tyson Foods executive vice president and chief sustainability officer John R. Tyson said. “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.”

Pilgrim’s Pride announced a $1 million investment to assist with the recovery efforts from recent tornadoes.

“We are humbled to contribute to the relief efforts in our hometown of Mayfield,” Pilgrim’s Mayfield complex manager Kent Massey said. “The community has always supported us, and we are focused on helping with the efforts to rebuild during this critical time.”

Pilgrim’s plans to determine how the funds will be distributed as needs are identified. The company may partner with other organizations and local relief efforts. Pilgrim’s has been delivering food, water, fuel, and essential supplies to Mayfield since the storm took place.

“We are extremely saddened by the loss of lives in our community,” Pilgrim’s chief executive officer Fabio Sandri said. “I and members of my senior team immediately traveled to Mayfield after the tornado. The devastation we have witnessed firsthand cannot be put into words. There is much work to be done, and our hope is that this investment will aid in critical relief efforts that will support the people of Mayfield.”

Perdue Farms announced a $150,000 donation to the United Way of Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund as well as 160,000 servings of chicken products to Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland. The donation was a part of Perdue’s “Delivering Hope To Our Neighbors” initiative.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent horrific tornadoes that tore across six states, including our neighbors and families in western Kentucky who suffered losses,” Perdue Farms chief executive officer Randy Day said. “Recovering from devastation of this magnitude requires an enormous amount of coordination and we are proud to lend resources we hope will bring some relief to those in need. We will continue to identify ways we can best support ongoing recovery in our communities.”

 

 

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