Smithfield Foods Donates to Second Harvest Food Bank
SMITHFIELD FOODS’ HELPING HUNGRY HOMES DONATES 80,000 POUNDS OF PROTEIN TO NORTH CAROLINA FOOD BANKS, RAISES AWARENESS OF HUNGER AT STATEWIDE FESTIVAL
SMITHFIELD, Va.– Sept. 8, 2016 – Today, Smithfield Foods announced Helping Hungry Homes®, its initiative focused on alleviating hunger across the country, will visit North Carolina marking National Hunger Action Month. Smithfield will provide more than 80,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina during a series of donation events.
“We serve more than 50 million meals to members of our community living in food insecure homes,” said Peter Werbicki, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. “We are very thankful for Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® donation of wholesome protein, which will provide support for our neighbors who are facing hunger.”
Smithfield will deliver protein to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. before traveling to Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina in Fayetteville for a 2 p.m. event. On Thursday, Sept. 22, Smithfield will donate protein to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina at its Wilmington location at 10:30 a.m. and its Greenville location at 2 p.m. At each stop, local employees will supplement protein donations by bringing canned goods and non-perishable food items collected at nearby Smithfield facilities.
“We value Smithfield as an active partner in our fight to end hunger and food insecurity across our state,” said Ron Pringle, director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina. “This donation will provide thousands of meals to our neighbors during the coming weeks.”
In addition to these donations, Smithfield will raise awareness of hunger and collect non-perishable food items at the 2016 North Carolina Muscadine Harvest Festival, which celebrates North Carolina’s heritage and state fruit, the Muscadine grape. Smithfield is a title sponsor of the festival, which takes place Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, in Kenansville, North Carolina.
“Smithfield Foods has called North Carolina home for decades, and we’re proud to support our community,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “This means helping families living in North Carolina become more food secure. It means doing what we can to alleviate hunger and raising awareness of this issue. We’re proud to do both while celebrating our state’s heritage at the Muscadine Festival.”