From the Archive: Cargill, Inc. provides a helping hand to emergency & disaster recovery efforts in Memphis

In the shadow of the famous statue of Memphis hero Tom Lee, Cargill extended the helpful hand of support to local flood victims with a gift to emergency and disaster recovery efforts

Cargill, Inc. has made a generous gift of $37,100 to assist with ongoing emergency and disaster relief efforts connected to local flooding last April and May. Cargill employees presented the gifts to United Way President Bryce Haugsdahl at Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis, TN with Cargill and United Way employees on hand to celebrate the event.

Several Cargill divisions and UGL Services – Unicco Operations combined their gifts to address local needs created by the flooding last April and May. A statement from Cargill explained how the floods hit their organization close to home, and how their employees have responded: “There are several Cargill businesses located in Memphis, TN. In response to the flood, we have collaborated to combine funds for purposes of contributing to the long-term recovery of those who have lost their homes and possessions,” and “Cargill has a long-standing and significant presence in the Memphis community for supporting and caring for the less fortunate. Related to the flood, several individuals have helped out at shelters, gathering supplies, and distributing cleanup buckets.” Six Unicco Memphis team members were also displaced from their homes as a result of the flooding.


Matt McLeane, Project Engineer & Cares Council Facilitator at Cargill Corn Milling NA (left) presents Cargill's gifts of support to United Way President Bryce Haugsdahl

Cargill AgHorizons Mid-South Farm Service Group contributed $2,500, UGL Services – Unicco Operations provided $4,600, Cargill Cotton gave $10,000, and Cargill Corn Milling North America donated $20,000, for a total of $37,100 for local recovery efforts.

“Cargill is one of our area’s outstanding leaders when it comes to supporting United Way and our campaign to improve education, financial stability and health. We thank Cargill for also being an outstanding leader in helping people who have immediate and long-term needs as a result of the recent floods,” Haugsdahl said.

Volunteers from Cargill played a significant role, including: Debra Adams, Will Rice, Laura Landers (Cargill AgHorizons Mid-South Farm Service Group) ; Rick Logan, Eric Godard (UGL Services – Unicco Operations); Krista Rickman, Michael Morawski (Cargill Cotton); Ruth Banks, James Pumphrey, Matt McLeane, Nicole Reichert, and JJ Zmudzinski (Cargill Corn Milling North America).

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