This week Perdue Farms, Claxton Poultry, and Tyson Foods announced various grants and contributions to their local communities.

Perdue provides $20,000 grant to cover transportation for shelter residents, veterans

Perdue Farms announced a $20,000 grant to Ocean City, Md. – based Diakonia Inc. to buy a new van that will provide transportation to homeless shelter residents and veterans. The gift is part of the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation’s efforts to build strong communities, the company said. Diakonia works with veterans to ensure that they have access to healthcare, housing, and employment and will use the new van to transport them to medical appointments when necessary.

Claxton Poultry awards $7,000 in grants to local high school graduates

Claxton Poultry recently awarded a total of $7,000 in grants as part of the company’s Norman W. Fries Memorial Scholarship program. Three high school graduates each received $2,000 awards for their combined “superior academic performance community service, athletics, and other accomplishments,” the company noted in a news release. A fourth senior received a separate $1,000 award as part of a cooperative program between Claxton Poultry and the Georgia Future Farmers of America Foundation.

Tyson Foods program steps in to provide meals to tornado victims

Tyson Foods announced that its Meals that Matter disaster relief team distributed 21,000 meals in the wake of a tornado that slammed into northwest Arkansas in late May. Governor Sarah Sanders initially cited three Arkansas counties as federal disaster areas but added a fourth county after federal and state support agencies arrived to assist tornado victims. Tyson’s effort involved team members and volunteers cooking hot meals and distributing ice and water with help from a local Walmart, according to a post on Tyson’s Facebook page.