Smithfield Foods Inc. and Trig’s presented a donation on Dec. 6 of nearly 40,000 pounds of protein, the equivalent of more than 150,000 protein servings, to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
The joint donation, arranged through Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes initiative, commemorates Trig’s 50th anniversary and will be used to feed those facing food insecurity during the holiday season.
“At Trig’s, we understand that being a good neighbor means giving back to the communities we serve,” said Brad Brayshaw, senior director of operations for Trig’s. “We are proud to partner with Smithfield Foods to deliver this protein donation that will serve our communities in Rhinelander, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, Woodruff, Eagle River, Tomahawk and others throughout our service areas.”
“We can’t thank Smithfield and Trig’s enough for this incredible protein donation, which is a vital resource for our clients,” said Patti Habeck, president and CEO of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. “This donation will allow us to distribute more than 150,000 servings of protein to members of our community, which is a tremendous contribution as we enter the holiday season.”
“Smithfield is honored to celebrate Trig’s 50th anniversary by partnering on this protein donation,” said Jonathan Toms, community development manager for Smithfield Foods. “As a food company, we are committed to making a difference in the fight against hunger, which we could not do without the support of partners like Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin and Trig’s.”
Established in 1982, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the leading hunger-relief organization in the state of Wisconsin with a network of 400 pantries and meal programs serving 35 counties.
The first Trig’s Grocery was founded by Trygve & Tula Solberg in 1971 in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, and has grown to become an organization of approximately 1,000 employees serving six communities in the Wisconsin Northwoods. The Solbergs, along with their associates throughout the years, have worked on addressing food insecurity in rural areas by giving back
Since 2008, Smithfield has donated hundreds of millions of protein servings across the U.S. through its signature hunger-relief initiative Helping Hungry Homes and has pledged to donate an additional 100 million servings by 2025.