Turner Industries partnered with other Louisiana entities to provide and deliver 44,000 pounds of food and necessities to two Oklahoma food banks for victims of the area’s recent tornadoes. Turner’s donation of over 1,100 bags of rice complemented Blue Runner Foods’ 1,200 donated cases of red beans, enough to feed up to 65,000 people. Cans for the beans were provided by Silgam Containers. To complete filling the truck Farmers Rice Milling Company and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry donated additional rice, Zapp’s Potato Chips donated chips, the Gonzales, La. and East Ascension Rotary Clubs donated drinks, paper towels, and soap, Robert Distributors and James Ladner of Cash Magic Casino donated fuel for the delivery truck, and the Clarion Inn donated cash.
The truck delivering the goods, which is owned and driven by Lester Duplessis, husband of Turner Industries employee, Sandy Duplessis, left Gonzales, La. on June 1st arriving in Oklahoma on June 3rd.
“Louisiana has been the recipient of much assistance in the past from other parts of the country because of catastrophic events such as hurricanes. This is a chance for us to give back to those who are in need,” said Mike Strain, D.V.M., Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner. “Once again, our Louisiana citizens and companies are proving to be extremely generous.”
Tornadoes on May 20th and May 31st near Oklahoma City caused deaths, injuries and destruction, damaging 4,000 homes and businesses.