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Smithfield joins Food City, BMS, Speedway Children's Charities in effort to feed hungry

staff report • Jun 3, 2013 at 9:12 PM

BRISTOL,Va. — Local companies will be partnering together to donate 40,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

Smithfield Packing announced Monday that it would team up with Food City, Bristol Motor Speedway and Speedway Children's Charities to donate the food. The donation is part of Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes tour, which is the company's coast-to-coast effort to help families and individual become more food-secure.

Through this program, Smithfield has donated and delivered more than 25.4 million servings of protein to food-assistance organizations across the country.

"Food City is committed to the communities we serve," said Food City President and Chief Executive Officer, Steven C. Smith. "We're excited to once again have the opportunity to partner with Smithfield to make this substantial protein donation to benefit two of our local food banks."

“Smithfield has made more than 160 donations across the country under the company’s Helping Hungry Homes program. Through this campaign, we have provided more than 25.4 million servings to food banks that serve their communities through local and emergency food pantries, low-income daycare centers and disaster-relief agencies,” said Dennis Pittman, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Smithfield. “ We’re proud to make this substantial donation in partnership with Vons, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and SCC to Three Square Food Bank to celebrate Memorial Day, honor our troops, and kick off the summer grilling season.”

Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters. In January 2008, Smithfield established its Helping Hungry Homes initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.

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