Smithfield Food’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes 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 167,000 servings, will help families fight hunger in New Mexico.
“We are currently facing a time of great need and the support of our partners, like Smithfield, who help in creating solutions to end hunger in New Mexico is critical across our region,” said Mag Strittmatter, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank. “As the largest food bank in the state, nutritious protein donations like this one are vital to our operations as we work to meet the needs of the 70,000 individuals we serve weekly. Thanks to Smithfield, Roadrunner will continue on its path to preventing hunger across the state.”
Representatives from Smithfield Foods and Lowe’s Supermarket presented the donation to Roadrunner Food Bank at an event at the food bank, whose service area includes more than 30 counties across New Mexico.
“Our philosophy is, and always has been, to take care of the community, our teammates and their families,” said Joel Griffith, director of human resources for Lowe’s Supermarket. “We are committed to meeting the needs of our customers, especially in regard to food resources. It’s an honor to join Smithfield on this donation to help those across New Mexico.”
Lowe’s operates 150 stores covering New Mexico and Texas, with additional locations in Colorado, Kansas and Arizona.
This is the 15th 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 120 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts and community outreach programs nationwide. Through this donation, Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes program has officially partnered with food banks across all 50 states.
“At Smithfield, we value our role and responsibility as a food company to feed people, and we are committed to helping fight hunger from coast-to-coast in support of our social purpose and especially our neighbors in need,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “This donation is incredibly important to us, as it marks the major milestone of making donations in all 50 states through our Helping Hungry Homes program. We hope this donation and our annual tour inspire others to get involved with hunger relief efforts.”