Smithfield Foods Inc. is making its largest donation in company history as food banks across the country struggle to meet the increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The donation of over 10 million pounds of protein — the equivalent of more than 40 million servings — to food banks nationwide builds upon Smithfield's recently launched "Good Food Challenge" to raise awareness and increase support for Feeding America in this critical time of increased need.
"The challenges our country is facing are unprecedented, and food banks across America are feeling the strain as food insecurity reaches new heights. Helping ensure the wellbeing of our neighbors in need is of the utmost importance now more than ever. To help meet this immense need, Smithfield is making our largest donation ever in hunger-relief support and deploying hundreds of truckloads of protein to communities throughout the country in response to COVID-19," says Keira Lombardo, executive vice president, corporate affairs and compliance for Smithfield Foods.
These donations, valued at more than $30 million, join the more than $3 million in cash and in-kind contributions previously announced as part of Smithfield's COVID-19 response through the company's signature hunger-relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes. Since the inception of the program, Smithfield has donated nearly 200 million servings of nutritious, high-quality protein to food banks, school nutrition programs, disaster relief efforts and community outreach programs in all 50 states across the country.
The public is encouraged to join Smithfield in support of Feeding America and their national network of food banks.