SALISBURY, MD. — Perdue Farms announced on June 27 that it would donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross to help people affected by the ongoing flooding in northwest Iowa.

The protein processor will also donate a truckload of chicken products to the Food Bank of Siouxland in Sioux City, Iowa, to support people impacted by the historic flooding.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent flooding, including our families and neighbors in northwest Iowa who suffered losses,” said Kevin McAdams, chief executive officer of Perdue Farms. “Recovering from this magnitude of devastation requires a tremendous amount of coordination and we are proud to lend resources that we hope will bring some relief to our neighbors in their time of need.”

Perdue also partnered with the Food Bank of Siouxland by donating 40,000 lbs of no-antibiotics-chicken, the equivalent of 33,000 meals.

“Protein is such an important part of a balanced nutrition for families in Iowa, especially during difficult situations,” said Jacob Wanderscheid, executive director of the Food Bank of Siouxland in Sioux City. “This gift from Perdue will assist the Food Bank and its pantries to respond to the historic flooding throughout Siouxland. Our organization is grateful for the continued support from Perdue.”

Northwest Iowa was hit by record-level flooding on June 23, prompting evacuations and disaster declarations. Iowans, including Perdue associates, were forced to leave their homes and seek shelter with family and friends, in relief centers and local lodging, highlighting the severity and urgency of the situation.

“Thanks to Perdue Farms’ generous donation, the American Red Cross, alongside our partners, is able to support families who experienced the heartbreaking floods across Iowa,” said Anne McKeough, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “We are grateful for partners like Perdue Farms as we work together to provide comfort and hope to people when they need it most.”

Perdue Farms employs more than 300 people at pork-production facilities in Sioux Center and Sioux City and partners with more than 500 hog farmers.