U.S. meat processors send help to Haiti

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, January 18, 2010

Meat processors and hunger relief groups are providing emergency aid to Haiti. According to estimates of the Red Cross 50,000 people have died and 3 million are affected by the earthquake from last Tuesday.

Tyson Foods (Springdale) is matching employee donations up to $100,000 for Haiti disaster relief efforts. The contributions will go to the Salvation Army, which has personnel on-site and is preparing one million ready-to-eat meals to send to Haiti. Tyson is also exploring ways to provide in-kind relief to accountable organisations providing assistance in Haiti.

Con Agra Foods, whose corporate headquarters is in Omaha, Nebraska, is joining in to help the cause and has just donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross for its International Relief Fund, to assist the Red Cross response in Haiti.

Cargill is responding to the devastating earthquake in Haiti with an initial corporate donation of $50,000 that will be directed to long-time Cargill partners CARE and the World Food Programme, which have significant operations in the country. In the Twin Cities, Cargill volunteers at its headquarters facility will be packaging 20,000 meals on January 18 for the nonprofit Kids Against Hunger, which will be sent directly to people in Haiti; Cargill volunteers will be packaging an additional 30,000 meals over the next month.