Tyson Foods #MealsThatMatter Disaster Relief Teams Feed 64,000 in #Oklahoma

Tyson Foods volunteer employees have served 64,000 Meals That Matter® meals to residents and relief workers in Moore, Oklahoma, immediately following the devastating tornado of last week and continue to work alongside the American Red Cross, the National Guard, and others who are helping to rebuild Oklahoma.

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On Wednesday, the team had already served about 6,000 meals before storms once again threatened the area.

“The weather has been challenging over the last 48 hours, and our teams have been battling through, but we must keep everyone safe,” says Community Relations Manager Jeff Wood.

Jeff and other employees are providing information updates and photos on our work in Moore.

Jeff said Thursday, that Tyson Foods’ relief efforts would likely begin winding down on June 3, as services in much of the town are now back up and running, people are going back to work, and many restaurants and other businesses are open.

“I was so proud of our employees, more than 16 complexes volunteered,” Jeff says. “We sent one request out to the plants, and they responded immediately. There are some teams that may not be dispatched, but they were just as valuable in our efforts, because they were ready and willing to go if needed. I can’t thank all of our employees enough.”

Day 2 update from Moore, OK: Tyson Foods #MealsThatMatter

Jason Betts, Tyson Foods #MealsThatMatter volunteer

Tyson Team Member Jason Betts is a nurse manager at the Tyson Foods plant in Noel, Missouri

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.

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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.’”

 

Tyson Foods #MealsThatMatter Team is on the ground serving meals in #Oklahoma this morning!

Tyson Foods disaster relief team has set up camp and is serving food this morning in Moore, Oklahoma, immediately following this week’s devastating tornado. We’re here to support and feed local residents, emergency crews and volunteers helping with the recovery efforts.

UPDATE – evening 5/22/2013:

Over 5,000 meals served today!
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UPDATE – afternoon 5/22/2013:

This afternoon we took some additional photos from folks gathering for lunch at the Tyson Foods disaster relief area.

Top Left: Easton Evans, intern, UofA double major in business and poultry science. Third day as intern and helping out with relief efforts in Moore Ok. Bottom: Saba Naseem, a recent UofA grad who came to volunteer, and Mike Gerleman, Tyson Foods complex manager of Sherman Texas prepping breakfast.

Top Left: Easton Evans, intern, UofA double major in business and poultry science. Third day as intern and helping out with relief efforts in Moore Ok.
Bottom: Saba Naseem, a recent UofA grad who came to volunteer, and Mike Gerleman, Tyson Foods complex manager of Sherman Texas prepping breakfast.

See full Tyson Foods press release regarding Moore, Oklahoma, disaster relief efforts.
Short URL for this blog post: http://bit.ly/MealsThatMatter_Oklahoma

POTUS Visits Staten Island

Today President Obama dropped in (literally—his helicopter landed there) on the Staten Island Miller Field disaster relief complex. Tyson teams from our Grannis, Arkansas/Broken Bow, Oklahoma, complex, and the New Holland, Pennsylvania, transportation group were there preparing meals. Even though the POTUS didn’t take advantage of a chicken sandwich, several Secret Service folks did, once they fully confirmed our guys were safe. [print_gllr id=3216]

Tyson Donates 193,000 Pounds of Protein to Nationwide Food Banks

Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, receives a Tyson donation by Ray Ables, complex manager of Forest, Miss., and Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods in Jackson, Miss., in June.

Tyson Foods, Inc. has completed a 10-city string of food donations, marking the end of a campaign in which the company donated 193,000 total pounds of protein to food banks across the southeast.

As part of its 2012 “Show Us Your Nugget Face” promotion (www.ShowUsYourNuggetFace.com), where the public voted on their favorite children pictured with Tyson Chicken Nuggets, Tyson Foods pledged to donate 1 million pounds of food to hunger relief organizations across America.

Food banks included the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, the Food Bank of Iowa, Feeding America Tampa Bay, Second Harvest of South Georgia, the Food bank of Contra Costa & Solano, the Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston, S.C., the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, the Central Virginia Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Each food bank received more than 30,000 pounds of protein.

Last year Tyson launched the “KNOW Hunger” campaign to raise hunger awareness. As part of the campaign, the company released the results of a survey which found that one in four Americans is worried about having enough money to put food on the table and that many Americans are unaware of how serious hunger is in their own communities. Raising awareness that hunger exists in every community in the country reinforces the campaign’s imperative that “We should all KNOW Hunger.”