Smithfield Foods Inc. and Cheney Brothers Inc. joined forces to donate more than 40,000 pounds of protein to Palm Beach County Food Bank. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes 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 of protein, will help families fight hunger across Palm Beach County, Florida, to serve nearly 100,000 individuals in need.
“At Palm Beach County Food Bank, we understand that hunger is all around us,” said Karen Erren, executive director for the Palm Beach County Food Bank. “We’re grateful for this donation from Smithfield and Cheney that will provide the necessary nutrition to feed those in need. This protein will help our food bank support individuals and families by giving them access to wholesome meals.”
Representatives from Smithfield and Cheney presented the donation to Palm Beach County Food Bank at an event at the food bank on Nov. 13. During the donation presentation, representatives from each organization discussed the issue of food insecurity and the significance of the donation, which will provide meals for those facing hunger in Palm Beach county and the surrounding areas on Florida’s east coast.
“Giving back to communities we serve is something that Cheney Brothers truly believes in, and partnering with Smithfield for their Helping Hungry Homes tour is a powerful way to make a difference,” said Laura Russell, a spokesperson for Cheney Brothers. “This is a wonderful opportunity to support our community and provide nutritious meals for those dealing with food insecurity.”
This is the 48th 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.
“Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes initiative was created to bring awareness to the issue of food insecurity nationwide, and we can’t do it alone,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “We’re proud to partner with Cheney to support the Palm Beach County Food Bank through this donation that will provide wholesome meals for those facing hunger.”