Smithfield Foods Donates More than 70,000 Pounds of Protein to Food Banks Across America
This week, Smithfield Foods, Inc. joined forces with Smith’s Food and Drug to donate more than 35,000 pounds of protein to Utah Food Bank. Smithfield also contributed nearly 35,000 pounds of protein to the Maryland Food Bank. Smithfield’s contributions are part of the company’s 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Now in the program’s 10th year, Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donations, equivalent to about 140,000 servings each, will help families fight hunger across Maryland and Utah.
Utah Food Bank - Salt Lake City, UT
Smithfield and Smith’s representatives presented the donation to Utah Food Bank at an event at the food bank this 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 149 partner agencies located across all of Utah’s 29 counties.
“At Smith’s, we are dedicated to helping our communities grow and prosper,” said Aubriana Martindale Corporate Affairs Manager for Smith’s. “We are honored to stand with our allies like Smithfield and Utah Food Bank in the fight against hunger and to serve so many of our neighbors in need.”
Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore, MD
“We are thankful for this generous donation of protein from Smithfield because these nutrient-rich options are not always readily accessible to our food-insecure neighbors,” said Carmen Del Guercio, CEO and president of the Maryland Food Bank. “This time of year, in particular, we appreciate the support of partners like Smithfield who recognize that high-quality foods are needed year-round if we truly hope to improve the lives of Marylanders in need.”
This significant donation from Smithfield will provide protein to the more than 682,000 individuals who face hunger in the Maryland Food Bank’s service area, which includes 21 counties and Baltimore City.
For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.
About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.