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Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® partners with Kroger to donate more than 35,000 pounds of protein to Mid-South Food Bank

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82 days ago   Article ID# 4231268
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Mid-South Food Bank

EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA (globenewswire.com) - Today, Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative, a program focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure, joined forces with Kroger to donate more than 35,000 pounds of protein to Mid-South Food Bank. The donation, equivalent to more than 140,000 servings, will help families fight hunger across the food bank’s service area in northern Mississippi, western Tennessee and eastern Arkansas where one in five individuals are food insecure.

"We are grateful for this timely donation of protein for our neighbors in need," said Estella Mayhue-Greer, president and CEO of Mid-South Food Bank. "With school out and the recent storm, families are struggling to put nutritious meals on the table. ‘Hungry homes' are a reality, and Smithfield Foods' donation will make a difference in our area."

Smithfield and Kroger representatives presented the donation to Mid-South Food Bank at the event this morning. Members from all three organizations discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation in helping the more than 420,000 individuals who face hunger each day in the food bank’s service area.

“Kroger’s purpose is to Feed the Human SpiritTM, and a great way to operate in this purpose is by providing much needed protein to families in need,” said Scot Hendricks, president of Kroger Delta Division and Mid-South Food Bank board member. “We are extremely grateful and honored to partner with Smithfield Foods and the Mid-South Food Bank to help lift the spirits of our area families one meal at a time.”

Smithfield’s donation to Mid-South Food Bank was a part of the Helping Hungry Homes® 2017 nationwide donation tour. Throughout the annual tour, Smithfield will provide large-scale protein donations to nearly 60 food banks across the country. This donation adds to the more than 65 million servings of protein donated since 2011.

“Today, Smithfield is proud to provide nutritious, high-quality protein to Mid-South Food Bank,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “As a global food company, we understand the importance of proper nutrition and value our responsibility to raise awareness of and address hunger throughout our country.”

Following today’s event, Helping Hungry Homes® will visit Lowell, Arkansas Thursday, June 29. For more information about Helping Hungry Homes® and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.

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Updated 82 days ago   Article ID# 4231268

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