Butterball LLC donated 75,000 pounds of holiday (whole) turkeys to benefit those in need over Thanksgiving.

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The turkeys went to soup kitchens and military facilities near the company's plants and corporate locations in Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri and North Carolina. Overall, Butterball has donated 330,000 pounds of turkey to charitable organizations in 2010. “We are honored to help make the holidays a bit brighter and more celebratory by providing folks with turkeys to enjoy as the centerpiece of their meal,” said CEO Keith Shoemaker. “The reality though is that this is only a drop in the bucket. You always wish you could do more, and I know that there are others in the meat and poultry industry that are making donations and working to provide hunger relief. We are thankful for the opportunity to join with individuals and organizations in our communities to support the valiant nonprofit organizations that help meet the needs of the community every day.”