Leading into this holiday season, Smithfield and Lowes Foods are partnering to help feed North Carolina families by donating more than 345,000 pounds of protein to the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks’ seven food-assistance organizations throughout the state as part of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes program.
These organizations include Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC (Winston-Salem), Manna Food Bank (Asheville), Food Bank of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City), Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (Charlotte), Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (Raleigh), Food Bank of Southeastern North Carolina (Fayetteville), and Interfaith Food Shuttle (Raleigh).
Racing legend Richard Petty, who has partnered with the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes program to donate thousands of pounds of protein over recent years, will be present to discuss the importance of these donations from Smithfield, and to help raise awareness about the necessity of providing assistance to our neighbors in need. Smithfield sponsors the Richard Petty Motorsports #43 Ford with driver Aric Almirola.
Smithfield and its independent operating companies have a history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters. In January 2008, Smithfield established its Helping Hungry Homes initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.
The NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks is a strategic alliance of the six food banks and one food recovery organization in North Carolina who also belong to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity. For more information, go to www.ncfoodbanks.org.
In August 2013, two Smithfield Foods subsidiaries, The Smithfield Packing Company and Farmland Foods, realigned to form the Smithfield-Farmland Packaged Food Group, and Smithfield-Farmland Fresh Meat Group. For more details, visit www.Smithfield.com and www.FarmlandFoods.com.