“Our hearts were broken by news of the disaster in the Gulf Coast region,” President Stanley Dunbar said in a press releas. “The prayers of all Moody Dunbar employees are with the families and relief workers in the impacted areas. We wanted to do what we could to help them toward recovery.”

Moody Dunbar, Inc. is one of the largest canners of sweet potatoes, peppers and pimientos in the United States. The company contacted America’s Second Harvest Food Bank Network to coordinate shipments of sweet potato products from Dunbar’s Dunn, NC plant to relief agencies throughout the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of feeding kitchens have been established in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to feed homeless survivors of the tragedy.

“We thank Second Harvest for helping us distribute the food to the relief agencies as quickly as possible, and I’m glad that we can play a role in helping the victims begin their process of recovery,” Dunbar said.

The family-owned food processor’s corporate office is located in Johnson City, Tenn. and operates production facilities in Dunn, North Carolina and Santa Paula, California.