Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 42,000 Pounds of Protein to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore

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NORFOLK, Va., May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- has donated more than 42,000 pounds of protein to the . 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 168,000 servings, will help fight hunger throughout eastern Virginia.

“Since 1981, we have been leading the effort to eliminate hunger in our community by providing food for individuals in need around the eastern shore of Virginia,” said Ruth Jones Nichols, chief executive officer of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. “We could not provide this support without help from community partners like Smithfield, and we are so appreciative of this generous protein donation.”

This is the 25 large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 130 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“At Smithfield, we are dedicated to feeding people, especially in the communities we call home,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives at Smithfield Foods. “Protein donations are one way we choose to fight food insecurity and we stand together with active community partners, like the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, to do just that.”

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

 

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Globe Newswire: 15:10 GMT Wednesday 15th May 2019

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