Through our Meals that Matter® disaster relief program, we help to deliver and serve food to local communities heavily impacted by natural disasters and experiencing an increased level of food insecurity. The centerpiece of the program is a fully stocked 53-foot trailer that has the capacity to refrigerate up to 20,000 pounds of food and dry storage for supplies to set up feeding sites and support our on-site cooking crews. The trailer acts as a central supply unit or mobile kitchen that can efficiently serve as a disaster relief site. Depending on the need, the trailer is accompanied by deployment of other trailer tractors that haul food product, water and equipment. In addition, Tyson Foods has donated to Team Rubicon two Mobile Command Centers, which include sleeping quarters, and office and storage space for staff and volunteers.
Our Meals that Matter® Disaster Relief Team helped cook and serve more than 2 million meals to victims, volunteers and first responders during relief efforts for hurricanes Florence and Michael in September and October 2018. Approximately 85 team members deployed to disaster areas and cooked for the people on-site in Walmart Supercenter parking lots.
- After Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas, team members traveled to Fayetteville and Wilmington, North Carolina, to serve 868,970 meals.
- In the wake of Hurricane Michael, team members delivered 1,200,000 meals in Cuthbert, Cordele and Dawson, Georgia, as well as Callaway, Florida.