Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® Initiative Donates More Than 1.3 Million Servings of Protein During May

Nine Communities From Coast to Coast Receive More Than 330,000 Pounds of Protein
Jun 5, 2018 10:05 AM ET

During the month of May, Smithfield Foods’ hunger relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes®, visited nine communities from coast to coast and donated more than 330,000 pounds of protein—the equivalent of more than 1,320,000 servings—to those in need. This year, Smithfield celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Helping Hungry Homes®. 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.

“As a food company, we value the opportunity to provide wholesome meals through donations of nutrient-rich protein to our neighbors in need,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “Through our nationwide hunger-relief program, we are able to join with like-minded community partners in the fight against hunger, and act as a resource for our neighbors in need across the country. It is our hope that with our collective efforts, we will raise awareness on this epidemic and encourage others to take action in their communities.”

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

  • Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee
  • Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • Providence, R.I.
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Denver, Colo.
  • St. Paul, Minn.
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Reading, Pa.

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

Feeding America Southwest Virginia: Salem, Va.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee: Kingsport, Tenn.

  • Donation: more than 39,000 pounds of protein (more than 156,000 servings)
  • Retail Partner: Food City
  • Feeding America Southwest Virginia serves nearly 117,000 individuals who face hunger in its 26-county, nine-city region
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee provides assistance to more than 98,000 individuals in need throughout Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • Donation: more than 34,000 pounds of protein (more than 138,000 servings)
  • Retail Partner: Giant Eagle
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank serves 110,000 individuals monthly throughout its 11 county service area

Harvesters—The Community Food Network: Kansas City, Mo.

  • Donation: nearly 40,000 pounds of protein (more than 159,000 servings)
  • Harvesters—The Community Food Network serves more than 353,000 individuals who face hunger in 26 counties of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas

Rhode Island Community Food Bank: Providence, R.I.

  • Donation: more than 38,000 pounds of protein (more than 154,000 servings)
  • Retail Partner: BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • The Rhode Island Community Food Bank serves 57,000 Rhode Islanders through 155 member agencies, including food pantries, meal sites, and other locations

Idaho Food Bank: Boise, Idaho

  • Donation: more than 38,000 pounds of protein (more than 153,000 servings)
  • Retail Partner: WinCo Foods
  • The Idaho Foodbank serves the 220,000 Idahoans who face food insecurity throughout the state

Food Bank of the Rockies: Denver, Colo.

  • Donation: more than 39,000 pounds of protein (more than 157,000 servings)
  • Retail Partner: King Soopers
  • Food Bank of the Rockies serves 134,000 individuals daily throughout more than 50 counties in Colorado and Wyoming

Second Harvest Heartland: St. Paul, Minn.

  • Donation: more than 33,000 pounds of protein (more than 135,000 servings)
  • Second Harvest Heartland serves 532,000 individuals who face hunger in more than 50 counties across Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank: El Paso, Texas

  • Donation: more than 34,000 pounds of protein (more than 138,000 servings)
  • Retail Partner: Albertsons
  • El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank serves 91,000 food insecure individuals across the borderland region

Greater Berks Food Bank: Reading, Pa.

  • Donation: more than 35,000 pounds of protein (more than 142,000 servings)
  • Retail Partner: Redner’s
  • Greater Berks Food Bank distributes over seven million pounds of food annually to the more than 300 programs which feed the hungry in Berks, Schuylkill, and western Montgomery counties

About Smithfield Foods

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