Tyson Foods, along with the American Red Cross efforts went to Bayonne, N.J., and assisted a three-complex retirement home community. The Tyson Shelbyville team received the call from the Corporate Communications group and immediately began preparations to send a team.
"When and where was not important, what was important is that our equipment and personnel were ready to respond," according to a Tyson official. "The Complex has experience in assisting with relief efforts because Shelbyville team members assisted last year with the emergency from the tornados that devastated Alabama."
The Shelbyville team, along with a team from Corporate transportation, traveled on Friday, Nov. 2 and was in place to start cooking that Sunday morning. The team served approximately 7,000 hot meals daily, which included breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The team was initially greeted by bystanders as they rolled into town, with applause and cheers. The mayor of Bayonne visited the Tyson representatives on several occasions, even brought Bayonne Bees high school athletic attire so that the Tyson representatives would have clean clothes to wear.
The mayor was literally in tears when the team started to serve the retirees which had not been provided with a hot meals in days. Once electricity was restored in Bayonne, the Tyson Team was reassigned to Staten Island, N.Y., to help those still without electricity and a way to get a hot meal. The Shelbyville Team was relieved last Thursday by a team from the Tyson Wilksboro, N.C. facility.