Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Publix joined forces to donate more than 42,000 pounds of protein to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Now in the program’s 10th year, Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 171,000 servings, will help families fight hunger across central Florida.
“‘Fighting hunger, feeding hope’ is more than a slogan—it’s our driving force to meet unmet needs in our community,” said Greg Higgerson, vice president for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “With donations from Smithfield, we can provide much-needed nutrition to families who don’t always know where their next meal will come from.”
Smithfield and Publix representatives presented the donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida at an event at a local Publix this morning. Members of the organizations discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation, which will provide protein throughout the food bank’s service area, including six counties in Florida.
“At Publix, we believe in sharing hope and spreading love to those fighting hunger in our communities,” said Dwaine Stevens, Media & Community Relations Manager for Publix Orlando Region. “We are proud to partner with Smithfield and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and of the work we can do together to fight hunger in Florida.”
In anticipation of the Coke Zero 400, Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, assisted with the donation presentation.
“For several years, I’ve had the honor of being a part of the Helping Hungry Homes® team to take action and raise awareness of food-insecurity across America,” said Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing. “I am proud to be back in my home state helping my fellow Floridians fight hunger.”
This is the 35th large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 100 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.
“At Smithfield, we recognize our unique ability as a food company to provide hunger-relief across the country,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “By partnering with Publix and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, we can use our collective efforts to serve nutritious meals to the one in six people who face hunger in Central Florida every day.”
For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.