Tyson Foods, Inc., Storm Lake's largest employer, is helping to supply more than 3.2 million meals for Texas and Gulf Coast residents affected by recent hurricanes. Twenty-six truckloads of Tyson chicken and pork were headed south to restock food banks in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi starting late last week.
"As a part of the company's ongoing commitment to hunger relief with Feeding America, formerly known as America's Second Harvest, Tyson Team Members have coordinated this caravan of goodwill," according to company spokesperson Gary Mickelson. The first 15 of 26 tractor trailers left Thursday in a convoy
"Helping our neighbors when disaster happens is important to us, which is why so many of the Tyson Team Members have organized this effort to help out in Texas and the Gulf States," said Dick Bond, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. "With increasing fuel prices and the adverse effects of the economy, times were already tough for many families. Food banks are short on supplies, and this is an area where we can help. Hunger relief is a top priority for Tyson; we're blessed to be able to help."
Food banks throughout Texas and the Gulf States are struggling to meet the needs of thousands of residents who have lost their homes or are displaced due to severe weather, most recently Hurricane Ike. According to Feeding America, the need for basic food assistance has overwhelmed the resources of many food banks since the recent storms. This donation brings the amount of food donated by Tyson Foods for disaster relief in 2008 to more than 1.5 million pounds- the equivalent of more than 6 million meals.
Tyson also recently provided frozen chicken to the Upper Des Moines Opportunity food bank in Storm Lake, which is also facing a shortage of food for the needy.