Tyson Team Member Jason Betts (pictured at left) is a nurse manager at the Tyson Foods plant in Noel, Missouri. He is volunteering in our disaster relief efforts in Moore, Oklahoma. Jason said it means a lot to him to be working in the Meals That Matter program because Tyson actually fed him when he was displaced in the Joplin tornado two years ago. He’s grateful to be working for Tyson Foods, where he has an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the May 20 tornado.
Live reports from the field today from Jeff Wood, Community Relations manager at Tyson Foods:
Jeff says, “This morning started off with storm alarms sounding and severe thunderstorms with hail. We had delayed everyone an hour already, but the storm is still going on. We battened down the hatches before leaving, so we’ll be back at it as soon as possible. Sherman, Texas, team is already on site, taking cover. I don’t imagine there will be breakfast service based on radar.
Approaching 1,200 people served so far today with increasing walk-up demand, plus neighborhood distribution. We are working with national guard now. We’re preparing and serving burgers, chicken wraps, steak sandwiches, and hot dogs. Expecting another big day. We have recruited volunteers to help meet demand.”
NOTE: The storms moved on, and the Meals That Matter team is back at it.
How to get involved
We need volunteers to help deliver meals! Come see us at Southgate Baptist Church, 740 SW 4th St, Moore, Oklahoma. Ask for Pat!
If you’re unable to join us in person, you can always donate to the Red Cross, too.
Per media reports:
“Tyson served a free lunch to about 4,000 people Wednesday in front of Southgate Baptist Church on Southwest Fourth Street, said Jeffrey Wood, manager of community relations for the company.
Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman said that between lunch and dinner the company served 5,000 people Wednesday…
‘This is the single largest nongovernmental food operation that I know of that’s operating in the city of Moore,’ said Randy Terrill, a former Oklahoma state representative who was helping as a volunteer.’”