LyondellBasell Donates $50,000 to River Cities Information Referral and Assistance Services to Combat Hunger During COVID-19 Pandemic
CLINTON, IA. – May 13, 2020 – LyondellBasell today announced it has donated $50,000 to River Cities Information Referral and Assistance Services. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted various facets of people’s lives and created hardships for many. Food banks all over the world are on the front lines of this international pandemic providing food assistance to millions facing hunger, with demand increasing every day. LyondellBasell aims to help relieve some of the strain with its donation.
“River Cities Information Referral and Assistance Services help so many local residents who are seeing an increase need for services,” said Yarelis Hernandez, site manager. “We have been in the Clinton community for 50 years and our mentality has always been to help our neighbors where we can.”
The contribution to the organization is part of LyondellBasell’s global $1.3 million donation to support food banks in 17 countries and communities where the company has major operations.
“This pandemic has presented challenges globally unlike we’ve seen before,” said Regan Michaelsen, Executive Director. “Many food banks are seeing distribution numbers double. We can’t meet the ever-growing needs of the community alone. We depend on generous donors like LyondellBasell to support us in providing adequate food supply to children, families and seniors we serve.”
Donating funds to supply food for those in need is just one way LyondellBasell has responded during this pandemic.
Additionally, LyondellBasell’s materials are found in many applications critical to protecting and preserving health and safety such as medical devices, protective equipment, cleaning products, and various pharmaceutical applications. The company continues to supply its customers with a variety of materials including polypropylene resins, which are used to produce melt-blown fibers that provide filtration in facemasks; masterbatch products are used in breathable films for protective suits; and, polypropylene, ethylene oxide, and propylene oxide are used to make medical syringes, medical test kits, soaps, disinfectants, and many other products.
About LyondellBasell’s Clinton Plant
With approximately 400 employees and contractors, and covering an area of almost 239 acres, the Clinton Complex is one of the largest chemical plants in Iowa. Using natural gas liquids as a feedstock, the plant manufactures ethylene, the world’s most widely-used petrochemical, which is then converted into polyethylene plastic resins. These resins are the building blocks for products such as leak-proof and shatter-proof containers for industrial and household chemicals, packaging that protects food from spoilage and contamination, and children’s toys that are safe and durable.
LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world’s largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2020, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” for the third consecutive year. More information about LyondellBasell can be found at www.lyondellbasell.com.