Smithfield Foods Inc. has donated nearly 30,000 pounds of protein to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana to aid ongoing recovery efforts in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Zeta. The donation, equivalent to more than 120,000 servings of protein, is part of Smithfield's signature hunger-relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes.
"We're so grateful to Smithfield Foods for this contribution to our relief work. This protein will make such a difference for those in need, both through our disaster relief mobile kitchen and for direct distribution to individuals impacted by the storm," says Natalie Jayroe, president and chief executive officer of Second Harvest Food Bank. "The people of South Louisiana are incredibly resilient, and these donations are crucial to ensuring no one goes hungry."
Hurricane Zeta marks the fifth named storm this year to make landfall in Louisiana, the most since hurricane record-keeping started in 1851. Recovery efforts from hurricanes Laura and Delta are still ongoing, and more than 3,500 Louisiana residents are still in shelters following the impact of those storms.
"Louisianans have faced extraordinary challenges in recent months, and we hope this donation will contribute toward a strong recovery for those affected by Hurricane Zeta," says Jonathan Toms, charitable initiatives manager at Smithfield Foods. "Any disaster recovery effort is a collective one and, as a global food company, Smithfield is proud to support this cause by providing protein resources to those most in need."