Springdale, Arkansas – March 4, 2010 – Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) and its employees have donated $250,000 to disaster relief efforts in Haiti.
Tyson employees contributed $120,000 and the company provided funds of $130,000. The total contribution was given today to representatives of The Salvation Army, which has been providing assistance to Haiti in the aftermath of a major earthquake that struck the island January 12.
In addition to the financial contribution, Tyson’s Fort Worth, Texas, plant is providing 15,000 gallons of water to Haiti through the non-profit relief organization Feed the Children.
“Like others, we were shocked and saddened by the devastation experienced by the people of Haiti and wanted to do something to help,” said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “I’m proud of our people and our company for joining others around the world in the effort to fund continuing relief efforts there.”
“We extend our heartfelt thanks to the people of Tyson Foods for their support of our work in Haiti,” said Major Tim Williford, commander of the northwest Arkansas Salvation Army. “Because of donations like this, we’re able to provide food, water, medicine and other aid supplies to the people affected by the earthquake.”
The Salvation Army is one of the largest social service organizations in Haiti. It operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and other activities through community centers across the country.
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN - News), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. The company has approximately 117,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.