GARNER, NC – Butterball LLC donated more than 18,000 lbs. of turkey to charitable organizations in North Carolina and Alabama that are supplying food to victims of the severe weather that affected numerous communities in both states.

"Our thoughts and concerns go out to the many individuals who were impacted by the devastating tornadoes and floods, and to those across the country who struggle to provide food for their families," said Walter Pelletier, Maxwell Farms president. "Butterball is a proud supporter of hunger relief and we are thankful for the opportunity to join with such valiant organizations that help meet the needs of the community not only in times of distress, but every day."

Butterball has provided a total of 18,140 lbs. of turkey products to food banks and organizations in severely affected areas including eastern North Carolina and western Alabama since the storms hit. It donated more than 8,000 lbs. of turkey products to the West Alabama Food Bank (WAFB), serving nine west Alabama counties including Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa, each of which had a tornado touch down during the recent storms. Last year, WAFB agencies distributed 2.1 million lbs. of food in the form of 95,373 emergency food boxes and 133,215 meals.

"We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support and donations our state has received from across the nation," said Henry Lipsey, executive director of WAFB. "Butterball's donation will help us feed the thousands of people who were affected by the April 27 tornadoes."

Butterball also provided more than 7,500 lbs. of turkey products to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina located near the company's headquarters in Garner, NC, plus donated more than 2,500 lbs. to Warren's Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church in Micro, NC.

Butterball LLC is the largest US producer of turkey products. Based in Garner, NC. The company produces more than 1 billion lbs. of turkey per year, and supplies its products to more than 30 countries.