Smithfield, this week, completed its 100th donation on its Helping Hungry Homes tour totaling more than 14 million servings of protein donated to local food banks across the country.
“We’ve traveled from Miami, Fla., to Anchorage, Alas., bringing hard-to-source protein to wonderful food assistance organizations and have just made our 100th tour donation,” says Dennis Pittman, public affairs director for Smithfield. “Our Smithfield trucks have traveled to help families who’ve experienced tornado devastation in Joplin, Mo., floods in Vermont and the recent hurricane in Delaware. It is heartwarming when we hear over and over again how much a food donation means to people. We’re eager to continue the fight against hunger and raising awareness coast-to-coast.”
With food banks nationwide facing record requests for services, providing protein is often a challenge. Over 50 million people in the U.S. experience hunger daily. One in six adults and one in four children know what it is like to go to bed hungry or have to decide between buying food and paying for other necessities such as utility or medical bills.
Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes initiative began in 2008 and helps feed families in our nation who are food insecure. Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters.