Compiled by Cheryl Day
Smithfield Foods and the Food Research & Action Center announce collaboration to address hunger in rural areas, Rally Against Rural Hunger. North Carolina is home to the second largest rural population in the country. This partnership builds upon Smithfield’s commitment to helping Americans become more food secure and supporting communities where its employees live and work.
According to FRAC, 17% of all households in the state cannot afford to buy enough food. Rally Against Rural Hunger seeks to raise awareness of hunger, educate stakeholders about hunger and increase participation in federal nutrition programs nationally, in North Carolina and keenly in Scotland, Robeson, Duplin and Lenoir counties.
The Rally Against Rural Hunger initiative was launch this week at Smithfield's facility in Kinston, N.C. Attendees included North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, Smithfield Foods’ President of the Hog Production Division Gregg Schmidt, FRAC’s Director of Special Projects Alexandra Ashbrook and Associate Superintendent of Lenoir Country Public Schools Frances Herring.