Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Weis Markets are partnering to donate more than 40,000 pounds of protein to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s Helping Hungry Homes 2019 donation tour, Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 160,000 servings, will help families fight hunger across the food bank’s 27-county service area throughout central Pennsylvania.
“At Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, we understand that hunger is all around us,” said Joe Arthur, executive director for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “We’re grateful for partners like Smithfield and Weis who provide the necessary nutrition to feed those in need. This donation will help our food bank support more than 135,000 individuals in our community who are food insecure with wholesome protein.”
Representatives from Smithfield and Weis presented the donation to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank outside of the Weis Markets storefront in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Both companies discussed the issue of food insecurity and the significance of the donation, which will provide meals for thousands facing hunger across central Pennsylvania.
“Weis Markets truly believes in giving back to the communities we serve, and partnering with Smithfield on their Helping Hungry Homes tour is a powerful way to make a difference here in central Pennsylvania,” said Ron Bonacci, VP of marketing, advertising, and public relations for Weis Markets. “Our Fight Hunger program supports many of our local food banks and pantries, and with today’s donation we are joining with Smithfield to help these organizations in the 27 counties served by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.”
This is the 44th 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 140 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster-relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.