Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 40,000 Pounds of Protein to the Food Bank of WNY

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BUFFALO, N.Y., June 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yesterday, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Tops Friendly Markets joined forces to donate more than 40,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Western New York (WNY). Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2018 Helping Hungry Homes donation tour. Now in the program’s 10 year, Helping Hungry Homes is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 160,000 servings, will help families fight hunger across New York. 

“The Food Bank of WNY is grateful for the partnership of Smithfield Foods and Tops Friendly Markets in the fight against hunger,” Jerry Sheldon, vice chairperson for the Food Bank of WNY Board of Directors, said. “Protein is an essential component of a nutritious diet, but for many of our hungry community members, it can be hard to come by. This generous donation will benefit the hungry children, families, seniors and veterans who rely on the Food Bank of WNY and our 335 agencies throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.”

Smithfield and Tops Friendly Markets representatives presented the donation to the Food Bank of WNY at an event at the food bank yesterday morning. Members of the organizations discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation, which will provide protein throughout the food bank’s service area, including four counties in Western New York. 

“At Tops Friendly Markets, we are dedicated to eradicating hunger through donations to our community,” said Kristen Hanson, vice president of Center Store, Pharmacy Sales and Merchandising at Tops Friendly Markets. “We are proud to partner with Smithfield Foods to donate to the Food Bank of WNY and continue our efforts against the constant battle of hunger.”

This is the 30 large scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2018 Helping Hungry Homes tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 100 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“At Smithfield, we understand that many people struggle with making ends meet, and oftentimes this means they don’t know where their next meal will come from, whether for themselves or their families,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “By partnering with Tops Friendly Markets, we want to show our support for the relentless fight against food insecurity in communities such as Western New York and across the country.”

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Globe Newswire: 14:13 GMT Wednesday 13th June 2018

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