ROCHELLE – Tyson Foods announced Thursday a donation of 52,000 pounds or 208,000 meals for the victims of the recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Thousands of people have died, and countless homes were destroyed as a result of the Aug. 14 earthquake.
The donated product is originating from Tyson facilities in Rochelle and Macon, Georgia.
“Haiti is facing another unimaginable crisis and is in need of global support,” Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods, said. “With the efforts of our team members and disaster relief partners, we hope this donation will help ease the tremendous burden so many Haitians are currently experiencing.”
In addition to the protein donation, members of Tyson’s African Ancestry Alliance Business Resource Group (BRG) are leading a fundraising effort to double any employee’s donation to relief efforts in Haiti, up to $30,000. All employee donations will be directed to Convoy of Hope and Partners in Health.
Convoy of Hope, a Tyson disaster relief partner, is providing shipping support to ensure the donated product arrives in Haiti and is properly distributed to those in need.
“On behalf of the African Ancestry Alliance Business Resource Group, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the tragedy in Haiti,” Raymond House, African Ancestry Alliance BRG Chairperson, said. “Within our company culture we govern ourselves with the 5Cs of team behaviors; one of which is caring, and we want to show that we care deeply for all of those who have been impacted. Although our hearts are heavy from afar, we will do what we can to support the humanitarian efforts under way as the people heal and Haiti begins its road to recovery.“