With food banks facing record demand, providing protein is often a challenge. To help meet the high demand for much-needed protein, Smithfield and Food Network’s Paula Deen will deliver 100,000 servings of protein to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank on September 30 at 10:30 a.m.
“With many families struggling, more people than ever before are seeking food assistance,” said Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Executive Director Kendall Hanna. “The incredible donation by Smithfield of high-quality, high protein product plus Weis Markets’ generous Fight Hunger donation will make a real difference to thousands of families in the weeks ahead.”
Weis Markets, a longstanding retail partner of Smithfield and a dedicated supporter of Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, will also participate in the program. “Weis Markets is pleased to partner with Smithfield and Paula Deen to cap off our month-long Fight Hunger campaign with an additional $62,000 donation,” said David J. Hepfinger, President and CEO, Weis Markets. “Our Fight Hunger program benefits local food banks and emergency food providers in five states. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is one of our most important partners. Between our donation and the 100,000 servings of protein provided by Smithfield, this event will benefit thousands of families in Central and North-Central Pennsylvania.”
More than 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 donation is a continuation of its “Helping Hungry Homes” initiative to help 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.
“Smithfield is proud to continue the second year of our hunger relief tour. We’re well on our way to feeding 20 million people,” said Dennis Pittman, Public Affairs Director, Smithfield. “We hope to continue increasing awareness and encourage individuals and companies to donate to their local food banks.”