River Valley Recovery Efforts

As flood waters recede in the Arkansas River Valley area and Simmons facilities continue operating as scheduled, the focus of this page will shift to relief efforts and updates.

Simmons Recovery Efforts

In response to the flood disaster in the River Valley, Simmons is providing opportunities for team members to be a part of local recovery efforts. Here’s what we are doing and how YOU can help:

Product Donation

We are working with the River Valley Regional Food Bank to donate protein for the food bank to distribute to its member agencies assisting with long-term disaster relief. We will keep you up-to-date on the status of this donation on this page.

Collect/Donate Supplies

Simmons hosted a collection drive June 5-11 for Northwest Arkansas and River Valley team members to donate supplies for team members and others impacted by the flooding. These items were delivered to the United Way of Fort Smith Distribution Hub on Wednesday, May 12. Thank you to everyone who donated the supplies, and special thanks to Sharing and Caring for donating the drink pallets.

Left picture: Northwest Arkansas team members donate supplies for flood relief.
Right picture: United Way staff and Simmons team members (and interns) deliver supplies.

What else?

Because flood recovery relief is a long-term process, Simmons plans to stay connected with local community officials for how we can help long-term. You may see more opportunities through Simmons listed on this page - keep checking back.

Want to help now?

If you’re ready to take action now, there are plenty of opportunities available to provide a personal contribution to the River Valley flood relief efforts. Personal contributions are on your own time. Feel free to volunteer by yourself, with friends or family!

Donate Time (Volunteer)

The United Way of Fort Smith is coordinating all volunteer efforts for flood recovery. You can sign up to volunteer on the United Way of Fort Smith website or by visiting the Volunteer Intake Center at Eastside Baptist Church in Fort Smith (2710 Massard Road) from 8am – 6pm, Monday – Saturday.

Donate Resources

There are many needed items for flood victims. If you would like to donate supplies, drop them off at the Distribution Hub set up at the Old Sears Building in Fort Smith (5111 Rogers Avenue). The Hub is open Monday-Saturday, 9 AM to 4PM.

Here are the items they will accept (click to enlarge):

Donate Money

United Way of Fort Smith Text to Donate Program
Text FLOOD2019 to 91999
(100% of what you donate goes to local flood relief)


If you have been affected:

As flood waters recede and conditions improve in the Van Buren area, there is nothing more important to Simmons than the safety of our team members and their families. If you are in need of assistance, please reach out to your direct supervisor. You may also contact Simmons Chaplain Larry Hendren at larry.hendren@simfoods.com or 479-238-4510.

 

Operating as Scheduled
Van Buren Main Street
Van Buren Cook Plant
Van Buren Zero
Simmons Van Buren Care Clinic


Helpful Resources

River Valley Relief Hotline
1-800-558-3370

Distribution Hub
7:00am – 7:00pm
Old Sears Building
5111 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR


Media Contact

Donny Epp
donny.epp@simfoods.com
479.215.2626