Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® Initiative Donated More Than 2.5 Million Servings of Protein During June

Six Communities Across the Nation Received More Than 630,000 Pounds of Protein
Jul 6, 2018 11:00 AM ET

During the month of June, Smithfield Foods’ hunger relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes®, visited six communities to donate more than 630,000 pounds of protein—the equivalent of more than 2.5 million servings—to those in need. Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Helping Hungry Homes® this year, Smithfield has provided more than 100 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs since the program’s inception.

“Smithfield Foods is dedicated to helping those in need, and the support we are able to provide as a food company will help to assist those who are hungry,” said Dennis Pittman senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “Millions of people struggle with food insecurities in America. Our hope is through donations, time, and persistent support, we can make a difference in the fight against hunger.”

In June, Smithfield had the privilege of raising awareness of food insecurity and making protein donations in the following communities:

  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Springfield, Ill.
  • Buffalo, N.Y.
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Monmouth, Ill.

For more information about Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® and a list of upcoming donation events, visit

Northern Illinois Food Bank and Greater Chicago Food Depository: Chicago, Ill.

  • Donation: more than 77,000 pounds of protein (more than 311,000 servings)
  • Retail Partner: Jewel-Osco
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank serves 71,500 people weekly in its 13-county service area.
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository serves 812,000 Cook County residents each year in partnership with 700 agencies and programs.

Central Illinois Food Bank: Springfield, Ill.

  • Donation: more than 42,000 pounds of protein (more than 170,000 servings)
  • Retail Partner: Schnucks
  • Central Illinois Food Bank distributes more than 9.4 million pounds of food annually throughout its 21-county service territory.

Food Bank of Western New York: Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Donation: more than 40,000 pounds of protein (more than 160,000 servings)
  • Retail Partner: Tops Friendly Markets
  • Food Bank of Western New York serves nearly 140,000 individuals monthly throughout its four-county service area.

San Antonio Food Bank: San Antonio, Texas

  • Donation: more than 44,000 pounds of protein (more than 177,000 servings)
  • Retail Partner: H-E-B
  • San Antonio Food Bank serves 58,000 individuals weekly in 16 counties throughout southwest Texas.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank: Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Donation: more than 400,000 pounds of protein (more than 1.6 million servings)
  • Retail Partner: Vons
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank serves 300,000 individuals on a monthly basis. In 2017, the food bank distributed 70 million pounds of food.

River Bend Foodbank: Monmouth, Ill.  

  • Donation: more than 30,000 pounds of protein (more than 121,000 servings)
  • River Bend Foodbank serves 125,000 individuals throughout its 20-county service area in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. In 2017, the food bank distributed more than 13.4 million meals.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit