Unions and businesses donate to tornado victims


Behind a backdrop of chain-saws cutting through wood and roar of utility trucks there was excitement in the air at Marshalltown’s United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1149 headquarters Thursday. The reason: A semi full of food and supplies valued at $8,000 was donated by Minnesota unions and businesses had pulled up. UFCW 653, Supervalu and Jerry’s Enterprises partnered to deliver the goods to help benefit local JBS plant workers and residents impacted by the July 19 tornado.

Supervalu provided the driver, the tractor trailer and coordinated the delivery. Local 653 and Jerry’s Enterprises together made the donation which filled the trailer.

“Natural disasters such as this test our mettle,” Utecht said. “At UFCW, we’re a union family and we persevere. Just as tornadoes know no boundaries, our union family knows no state boundaries when it comes to helping fellow working people.”

Utecht emphasized the food, diapers and cleaning supplies were for all residents.

“This will make a big difference,” UFCW Local 1149 President Roger Kail of Marshalltown said. “We are grateful for their generosity, as a lot of folks lost everything as a result of the tornado.”

The food and supplies are available free-of charge at Local 1149, 803 N. 3rd Ave. For more information, telephone 641-752-0464.