Simmons Foods, Wayne-Sanderson Farms, Mar-Jac, and Tyson Foods all recently announced charitable donations.

Simmons Foods recently announced a donation of $50,000 to the Southwest City Missouri Fire Department to assist in the purchase of new safety equipment for firefighters.

“We’re thankful to have a company like Simmons Foods that wants to be involved in supporting our community,” Southwest City mayor David Blake said. “As a small town, there are many competing needs for our limited funding. This donation will help us meet a critical need.”

Wayne-Sanderson Farms and Mar-Jac recently donated a Ford Transit 15-passenger van to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier, Georgia.

“The role they play in our community is vital – Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier provides so many positive, encouraging programs for young people who might otherwise be unsupervised or getting into trouble,” Wayne-Sanderson Farms CEO Clint Rivers said. “We’re proud to help make safe, reliable transportation available and help them fulfill that mission and provide wholesome, supervised activities for these kids.”

Tyson Foods recently donated 152,000 meals to the Mid-South Food Bank in northwest Mississippi, according to

According to Tyson, Mississippi has the highest food insecurity rate in the nation at 18.7 percent.

“I am pleased that Tyson Foods is assisting in the fight against hunger in Mississippi,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D, MS-2) said. “Statewide our food insecurity rate is frightening. I am thankful for Tyson’s service and encourage other organizations to follow their lead.”