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Sanderson Farms donates $1 million to Red Cross disaster relief

Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Red Cross.

Sanderson Farms, Inc. presents a check for $1 million to the American Red Cross to aid in recovery efforts for people devastated and displaced by recent back-to-back natural disasters.

Nearly 16,000 Red Cross disaster workers have been mobilized to support relief efforts following hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate.

“Sanderson Farms has vital facilities in several communities impacted by the recent hurricanes, and our chicken is sold and shipped to customers in both Puerto Rico and Mexico,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “We are saddened that these hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and wildfires have directly impacted our neighbors, many of whom are our business partners and loyal customers. We are committed to doing everything that we can to assist the recovery efforts during this time of great need.”

The Red Cross has served more than 6.7 million meals and snacks and provided more than 5.7 million relief items to people in need.

The Red Cross also has over 470 workers in California where more than 27,900 overnight stays have been provided to people seeking refuge from wildfires in 30 Red Cross shelters.

“Thanks to the generosity of donors such as Sanderson Farms the Red Cross can respond immediately to disasters like hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the California wildfires with food, shelter and the necessary humanitarian supplies to ensure people are safe,” said Mike Ryan, VP of Development at the American Red Cross. “We are grateful for Sanderson Farms’ ongoing support as we work together to provide hope and help to people in need.”

In the past nine weeks, the Red Cross has provided over 1.3 million overnight stays at emergency shelters in eight states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Millions of our neighbors, partners, customers and friends continue to suffer from the effects of these natural disasters,” said Lampkin Butts, President and COO of Sanderson Farms. “In times of devastation and crisis, it is most important to focus on helping people rebuild their lives and their communities. We will continue to help where we can as our neighbors continue the recovery efforts.”

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