Since the devastating spring 2011 storms, turkey producer Butterball LLC has contributed a total of 145,000 pounds of turkey products to food banks in the severely affected areas of eastern North Carolina, western Alabama, and southwestern Missouri, as well as supplies for relief efforts. Additionally, the company established a Butterball Disaster Relief Fund to provide for the immediate needs of its affected employees.
“On behalf of Butterball, our thoughts and sympathies go out to all of those impacted by the storms. We know the damage is extensive—just within our company, 92 associates and their families were severely affected. We are hopeful that our efforts are helping to eliminate at least one of the uncertainties these families are facing by providing wholesome meals,” said Walter Pelletier, president of Butterball, co-owner Maxwell Farms LLC, and member of Butterball’s board.
The Butterball Disaster Relief Fund was started to help its impacted associates in all three of the affected states pay for damages and certain essentials not covered by insurance. Butterball has committed to match contributions to the fund dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 total. So far, the fund has raised and distributed more than $25,000.
“We greatly appreciate Butterball’s generous contribution,” said Scott Boggs, warehouse facility supervisor of Ozarks Food Harvest in Springfield MO, which received more than 39,000 pounds of donated Butterball turkey recently. “The company’s donations and overall relief efforts will help us provide food and supplies to hundreds of severely impacted community members.”
Butterball associates also have also helped by volunteering, providing nearly 4,000 meals and assisting in rescue efforts. Clothing, bedding and personal hygiene items were collected, and Butterball facilities have provided water, more than 200,000 pounds of ice, special gloves that protect against sharp objects, product, and cooking equipment to assist relief groups. All of the Butterball facilities have worked with the Red Cross to determine immediate needs.
The company is also partnering with Joplin Public Schools in the Adopt-A-Classroom program, whereby the firm will “adopt” a classroom to replenish materials and supplies that were destroyed in the May tornadoes.
Headquartered in Garner NC, Butterball produces more than 1 billion pounds of turkey each year, and the company supplies products to more than 30 nations. For more information, visit www.butterball.com.