Smithfield donates 120,000 servings of protein to
East Texas Food Bank as part of 'Helping Hungry Homes'
Smithfield’s Donations Now Total More Than 14.9 Million Servings
TYLER, Texas. – (April 10, 2012) – With food banks and non-profits facing record requests for services, sourcing and providing protein is often a challenge. To help meet the high demand for much-needed protein, Smithfield donated 120,000 servings of protein (30,000 pounds) to benefit the East Texas Food Bank.
During the donation, Brookshire also showcased the No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion show car to celebrate the Samsung 500 taking place that weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Brookshire, a longstanding retail partner of Smithfield and a dedicated supporter of the East Texas Food Bank, also participated in the program.
“We are truly grateful to Smithfield’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility in donating 30,000 pounds of much needed high-quality protein to our hungry East Texas families,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. “On behalf of the families, children and seniors that we serve, thank you for being our partner in helping us feed our food-insecure neighbors.”
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.
“We’re excited to be here in East Texas with Brookshire to help the food insecure folks in the area. We’ve made more than 100 stops traveling from Miami, Florida, to Anchorage, Alaska, bringing hard-to-source protein to wonderful food assistance organizations,” said Dennis Pittman, Public Affairs Director for Smithfield. “We’re eager to continue the fight against hunger and raising awareness coast-to-coast.”
“We’re excited to partner with Smithfield to bring this generous donation to east Texas. This program, Helping Hungry Homes, explains it well,” stated Rick Rayford, President and CEO of Brookshire Grocery Company. “Assisting the hungry is exactly what Brookshire Grocery Company has helped the East Texas Food Bank do for many years. We’re proud to join Smithfield in this continued effort.”
Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® initiative 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.
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About East Texas Food Bank
The East Texas Food Bank distributed over 18 million pounds of food each year to over 200 partner agencies in 26 East Texas counties. Our vision is for a hunger-free East Texas and our mission is to reduce hunger by providing food, support and education to those in need with passion and efficiency. Our purpose is to ensure that no one in East Texas is forced to go without food. The East Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and the Texas Food Bank Network. To learn more, please visit www.EastTexasFoodBank.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/etfoodbank or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/etfoodbank.
About Brookshire Grocery Company
Since 1928 Brookshire Grocery Co. has operated on the principle of putting people first — customers and employees. Our mission is to provide a great food and shopping experience. Known for friendly service, clean stores and strong community support, BGC operates 152 stores in three states — Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas — with three distribution centers and seven manufacturing facilities. For more information visit www.brookshires.com and www.super1foods.com.
About Smithfield Packing www.smithfield.com and facebook.com/CookingwithSmithfield
The Smithfield Packing Company, Inc., was founded in 1936 by Joseph W. Luter and his son, Joseph W. Luter, Jr. Primary lines of business include fresh pork, smoked meats, bacon, cooked hams and hot dogs for retail, foodservice, and deli channels. The company exports products to approximately 30 countries. In addition to the Smithfield brand, its Gwaltney, Esskay, and Cumberland Gap products are among the leaders in their respective markets.