Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 100,000 Pounds of Protein to Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

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HAMPTON, Va., April 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- has donated more than 100,000 pounds of protein to . Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 donation tour. 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 432,000 servings, will help families fight hunger across the Greater Peninsula.

“The mission of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is to distribute food effectively through collaborative efforts that minimize hunger, promote nutrition, and encourage self-reliance through education,” said Karen Joyner, CEO of Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes program continually goes above and beyond to support our mission and values, providing us with much-needed, nutrient-rich products, while raising awareness of food insecurity in our area.”

This is the 16 large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 donation tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 120 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“At Smithfield, we value the opportunity to uplift our company’s social purpose efforts through donations supporting hunger relief, and the chance to give back to our home state of Virginia,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “With many of our Smithfield Family residing in the area, providing this donation is a great honor as we seek to promote community vitality all across the country, especially in areas we call home.”

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

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Globe Newswire: 19:00 GMT Wednesday 17th April 2019

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