Smithfield Foods, Inc. and the Utah Pork Producers Association are joining together to support efforts to alleviate hunger for the one in seven Utahns across the state who face food insecurity. Smithfield and UPPA have pledged to donate 25 pounds of protein to Utah Food Bank for every point scored by Utah State University and Brigham Young University during the 2019-2020 football season.
“At Utah Food Bank, we work tirelessly to serve those in need throughout our state and this partnership between Smithfield and UPPA is a wonderful gift,” says Ginette Bott, president and CEO of Utah Food Bank. “We fight hunger statewide to feed more than 380,000 Utahns and we are grateful for this pledge of wholesome protein, a critical resource for the clients we serve.”
“Utah pork producers care deeply about our state and the communities where we live and work,” says Allison Fiscus, executive director of UPPA. “We are proud to partner with Smithfield Foods, Utah Food Bank and our local universities this football season to bring awareness to the needs of our community and to do our part to help alleviate hunger in our state.”
Smithfield and UPPA’s season-long partnership aligns with the joint philanthropic mission of both organizations to alleviate hunger within their local communities. The program is also part of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes tour, the company’s signature hunger-relief initiative. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has donated more than 140 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster-relief efforts and community outreach programs nationwide.
“College football season is an exciting time, but this program with UPPA and Utah Food Bank gives us an opportunity to focus on the need that exists in our own backyard,” says Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “At Smithfield, we take seriously our commitment to the communities our employees call home and wish both the Aggies and the Cougars a successful season as we work together to feed our hungry neighbors throughout the state.”