The Meals That Matter team disaster relief team is on its way to central Arkansas today (April 28) to help feed people in the aftermath of Sunday’s tornado, which has reportedly left 16 people dead and caused extensive damage.
We are deploying our Meals that Matter™ disaster relief trailer, truckloads of food and ice, and cooking teams from our nearby plant locations. We plan to be on-site in Mayflower, Arkansas, northwest of Little Rock, later today to help feed relief workers as well as residents affected by the storm.
Prior to joining Tyson Foods, I had the privilege of working for a World Champion NFL team, so I have seen excellence on and off the field first-hand, alongside the hard work and preparation it takes to get there as a unit. So when I tell you that I could not be more PROUD to now work with my GREAT teammates at Tyson, it does not begin to explain how I feel about this organization – who we are and what we do to feed families. In light of the recent chain of weather events that have unleashed mass destruction and impacted hundreds of lives across the South, how grateful I am to work for a…
I'm with the Tyson Meals that Matter team in Mayflower, Arkansas. I've seen lots of tornado damage in my career with Tyson, going back to the '96 Moore, Oklahoma storm. Joplin and Alabama in 2011. Moore again last year; to name a few. I don't care how much one might have seen, you never cease to be amazed at the stuff nature can do. I'm grateful for and proud of the people in this company I work for, who are always willing to drop what they're doing to go help out. It might get easy to get too proud of what we're doing, but for the contact with people whose lives have been directly…
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. 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…
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:…
Tyson Foods Meals That Matter™ Disaster Relief Unit
Tyson Foods, which has a history of feeding survivors and relief workers in the aftermath of disasters like 9-11 and the tornados and flooding of 2011, unveiled a special mobile feeding unit in 2012.
The 53-foot semi-trailer is designed to help Tyson set up an organized disaster relief site more quickly. It serves as a central supply unit to support Tyson “cook teams” that bring grills and volunteers to help feed people in need. The trailer also bears the name of Tyson Foods’ disaster relief feeding program, “Meals that Matter.”
Features of the trailer include:
- Enough refrigerated space to store up to 20,000 pounds of chicken, beef or pork
- A hydraulic lift
- A diesel-powered reefer unit, with fuel capacity to run up to 72 hours
- A 5,500-watt generator
- A Wi-Fi hot spot for internet connections via satellite
- Two heavy-duty 10’x20’ tents with lighting
- Cooking and serving supplies
- Sanitation equipment
The disaster relief unit was first used in the fall of 2012 to help feed people in New Jersey and New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. It was also used in 2012 to serve 1,600 people at KNOW Hunger nutrition fairs in Mississippi that were organized by the National Urban League and Tyson Foods.
Contact: Gary Mickelson 479-290-6111