Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 326,000 Pounds of Protein to Food Banks Across the Carolinas

March 13, 2019

Smithfield Foods Donates More Than 326,000 Pounds of Protein to Food Banks Across the Carolinas

SMITHFIELD, Va., March 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smithfield Foods, Inc. has donated more than 326,000 pounds of protein to four food banks throughout North and South Carolina as 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 donations, equivalent to more than 1.3 million servings, will help families fight hunger across the Carolinas through the Lowcountry Food Bank and Harvest Hope Food Bank in South Carolina, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in North Carolina.

“Our efforts to supply nutritious food to those in need throughout North and South Carolina is made possible by devoted partners like Smithfield Foods, who truly understand and support our mission,” said Mike Darrow, executive director of Feeding the Carolinas, a strategic alliance of Feeding America food banks in North and South Carolina. “This gracious contribution from Smithfield adds to the long-standing efforts of our organizations to alleviate hunger, and this protein donation will make an incredible impact on those that we collectively serve.”

Together, these donations mark the fifth large-scale protein contribution from 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.

“At Smithfield, we take pride in our role as a food company to feed people, while strengthening communities across the country through our Helping Hungry Homes® initiative, in line with our social purpose,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “As a major employer in the region, the Carolinas continue to be close to the heart of our cause. We are honored to help alleviate hunger for many of our neighbors in need with these donations of much-needed protein by providing this donation to our food bank partners throughout North and South Carolina.”

For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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