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

Olga–Need a reason to be inspired?

This is Olga.

Olga lost everything in Superstorm Sandy on Staten Island.   Everything.   Her house washed out to sea.  Yet for the past nine days, Olga has been coming to the Tyson Meals That Matter trailer and volunteering long hours to help the team make meals for storm victims and relief volunteers.

If you ever think you’re having a bad day, look at Olga.    If you ever start thinking highly of yourself because of how you give back, look at Olga.     If you ever need some inspiration, look at Olga.

Thanks, Olga.

Return to Joplin

A year ago this morning, after hearing of the devastation suffered by our neighbors in Joplin, folks from several nearby Tyson Foods locations arrived on the scene to offer whatever assistance we could provide.

The scene was stunning.  Chaotic. Confusing.  The tragedy has been well-documented. Tyson Team Members spent three weeks in Joplin, with up to six teams cooking and feeding anyone who might

Yesterday, many of the same Tyson people returned to Joplin for their Unity Celebration, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the tornado.  Obviously, a much happier occasion, the event underscored the grit and positive spirit of the people of this Missouri town. While the town will bear the scars of the disaster for a long time–the loss of life and massive property damage–it’s very clear the people of Joplin are fiercely determined to bounce back a better community than ever.  Homes, schools and businesses have arisen from total devastation, with more coming up every day.

Last year’s disaster in Joplin provided part of the inspiration for our new Meals That Matter disaster response trailer.  It was an honor and a privilege to be able to roll it into Joplin for such an inspring event.