Smithfield Foods Donates 35,000 Pounds of Protein to Feeding San Diego

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SAN DIEGO, Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, . and joined forces to donate 35,000 pounds of protein to . Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2018 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 140,000 servings, will help the one in eight people facing hunger in San Diego.

“Protein is a vital resource that is always in high demand and low supply, but during a time of disaster it becomes even more critical,” said Vince Hall, CEO of Feeding San Diego. “Smithfield’s support with today's donation will feed thousands of families in need across our area in the coming weeks.”

Smithfield and Vons representatives presented the donation to Feeding San Diego at an event this morning. Members of each organization discussed food insecurity in the local community, and the significance of this donation in helping the nearly half a million children, families, and seniors who face hunger in San Diego County.

“We are proud to partner with Smithfield and deliver this much-needed donation to our California neighbors in need of food assistance,” said Shane Dorcheus, Southern California division president for Vons. “Today, and especially during times of great need, we find it critical to continue our good neighbor policy to the entire state and provide this protein to those who are relying on Feeding San Diego for support.”

This is the 53 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 the importance of protein in a well-rounded diet, and value our responsibility to provide food to those in need,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “We hope this donation will provide a comforting meal to the many people in this area who need it most, especially during this time of year.”

For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit .

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Globe Newswire: 21:44 GMT Thursday 6th December 2018

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