SMITHFIELD, Va., Feb. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Smithfield Foods, Inc. is dispatching a truck carrying nearly 40,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to aid disaster-relief efforts in the wake of a devastating EF-3 tornado that touched down in Brunswick County late last Monday. The natural disaster claimed at least three lives and injured several more, destroyed dozens of homes and left thousands without power amid winter storm conditions.
Smithfield’s donation is enough to feed nearly 160,000 people and is facilitated through the company’s signature hunger-relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes®, which donates nutritious protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts and education and community outreach programs year-round.
“Our thoughts are with the North Carolinians impacted by this horrific weather event,” said Jonathan Toms, charitable initiatives manager at Smithfield Foods. “We are grateful to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, as well as state emergency personnel, frontline responders and all assisting the community in its recovery.”
To join Smithfield’s ongoing support of Feeding America, visit: www.smithfieldfoods.com/goodfoodchallenge.
About Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 40,000 U.S. team members and 14,000 European employees are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly.®” and have made us one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as our ambitious commitment to cut our carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
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