LAUREL, Miss. – Sanderson Farms Inc. announced on Oct. 24 a donation of $1 million to the American Red Cross for ongoing relief efforts supporting communities affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

“At Sanderson Farms, we come together to support our employees, their families, and the whole community in times of crisis,” said Joe Sanderson, Jr., chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms. “The recent hurricanes affecting North Carolina and Georgia hit close to home, and many of our employees and their families suffered devastating losses. We are committed to doing everything we can to help get our communities back on their feet again.”

Sanderson Farms also said that it donated thousands of pounds of chicken and ice to support volunteers in Southeast.

Currently, the American Red Cross has more than 1,700 disaster relief workers on the ground to support Hurricane Michael relief efforts across Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Also, more than 70 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are helping to distribute food and relief supplies across the region.  

“The generosity of partners such as Sanderson Farms makes it possible for the Red Cross to respond at a moment’s notice with volunteers, equipment and supplies, powering our work to help people affected by Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael in the hardest hit areas,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “We are profoundly grateful for Sanderson Farms’ remarkable support to deliver shelter, food and hope for people in their darkest hours.” 

Visit the Red Cross’ website for more information about volunteer opportunities or donations.