Tyson Foods Inc. has unveiled a 53-foot semi trailer mobile feeding unit, equipped to enhance the company's disaster relief efforts. The trailer will serve as a central supply unit at disaster sites to support the feeding efforts of multiple Tyson "cook teams" that bring grills and Tyson volunteers to help feed those in need, according to the company.
The unit has the refrigerated space for up to 20,000 pounds of chicken, beef or pork, a 5,500-watt generator and satellite communications. "For decades we've responded to disasters in or near our plant communities in 26 states by doing what we do best: feeding people," said John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods. "When disasters strike, our team members mobilize and bring in grills, food and volunteers to help out, sometimes for multiple days or even weeks. Our new 'Meals that Matter' truck will help those teams by giving them all the supplies they need to make it easier to help."
On average, Tyson is involved in responding to four to five major disasters each year. In recent years, the company has provided between $300,000 and $500,000 annually in food and financial support to disaster relief.