Virginia-based Smithfield has completed its 100th donation on its Helping Hungry Homes® tour—totaling more than 14 million servings of protein donated to local food banks across the country.
“We’ve traveled from Miami, Florida, to Anchorage, Alaska, bringing hard-to-source protein to wonderful food assistance organizations and have just made our 100th tour donation,” said Dennis Pittman, public affairs director for Smithfield. “Our Smithfield trucks have traveled to help families who’ve experienced tornado devastation in Joplin, Mo., floods in Vermont and the recent hurricane in Delaware. It is heartwarming when we hear over and over again how much a food donation means to people. We’re eager to continue the fight against hunger and raising awareness coast-to-coast.”
Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes initiative began in 2008 and helps feed families in the U.S. who are food insecure. Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters.
Smithfield Packing Co.’s primary lines of business include fresh pork, smoked meats, bacon, cooked hams and hotdogs for retail, foodservice and deli channels. The company exports products to approximately 30 countries. In addition to the Smithfield brand, its Gwaltney, Esskay, and Cumberland Gap products are among the leaders in their respective markets.