Smithfield, a pork processor and hog producer, donated more than 12,000 pounds of protein this week to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank to help feed Hampton Roads-area families in need. This donation is part of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes program, the company’s nationwide initiative to help alleviate hunger across the country.
“We are extremely grateful to Smithfield for their continued partnership in helping to provide hunger relief across the Greater Peninsula,” said Karen Joyner, CEO of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “Protein is often a difficult item for us to procure, and this donation will help to provide the protein components for 48,000 meals to the families we serve.”
“Smithfield has made more than 205 donations across the country under the company’s Helping Hungry Homes program,” said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield senior director of corporate communications and public affairs. “Our corporate headquarters are just down the road from the Peninsula Foodbank in Smithfield, Virginia, so we’re especially proud to provide this donation to benefit families in our local community.”
Smithfield Foods and its family of brands have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters. In January 2008, Smithfield established its Helping Hungry Homes initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.
Since 1986, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has been providing hunger relief to the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg, and the counties of James City, Gloucester, Mathews, Surry and York. With the support of almost 200 member agencies, the organization has provided more than 117 million meals in 29 years.