Butterball LLC has donated 145,000 pounds of turkey products and over $25,000 to storm relief efforts in areas of eastern North Carolina, western Alabama and southwestern Missouri.
The company has also established the Butterball Disaster Relief Fund to provide for the immediate needs of its affected employees. "We know the damage is extensive," said Walter Pelletier, president of Butterball, co-owner of Maxwell Farms LLC and member of Butterball’s board. "Just within our company, 92 associates and their families were severely affected. We are hopeful that our efforts are helping to eliminate at least one of the uncertainties these families are facing by providing wholesome meals.”
In addition to food and monetary contributions, Butterball associates have helped the various communities by volunteering, providing nearly 4,000 meals and assisting in the rescue efforts. Clothing, bedding and personal hygiene items were collected, and Butterball facilities have provided water, over 200,000 pounds of ice, special gloves that protect against sharp objects, product and cooking equipment to assist relief groups. All of the Butterball facilities have worked with the Red Cross to determine immediate needs.