Butterball donates turkey to storm victims

Butterball LLC has donated more than 18,000 pounds of turkey to charitable organizations in North Carolina and Alabama that are supplying food to victims of the severe weather that affected communities across the states.

“Our thoughts and concerns go out to the many individuals who were impacted by the devastating tornadoes and floods, and to those across the country who struggle to provide food for their families,” said Walter Pelletier, president of Maxwell Farms.

Since the onset of the storms, Butterball has provided a total of 18,140 pounds of turkey products to food banks and organizations in severely affected areas including eastern North Carolina and western Alabama.

The turkey producer donated more than 8,000 pounds of turkey products to the West Alabama Food Bank (WAFB), serving nine west Alabama counties including Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa, each of which had a tornado touch down during the recent storm. In 2010, WAFB agencies distributed 2.1 million pounds of food in the form of 95,373 emergency food boxes and 133,215 meals.

“We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support and donations our state has received from across the nation,” said Henry Lipsey, executive director of WAFB. “Butterball’s donation will help us feed the thousands of people who were affected by the April 27 tornadoes.”

Additionally, Butterball provided more than 7,500 pounds of turkey products to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina near the company’s headquarters in Garner NC, and donated more than 2,500 pounds to Warren’s Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church in Micro NC.

The company produces more than one billion pounds of turkey each year and supplies its products to more than 30 nations. For more details, visit www.butterball.com.

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