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Photo Release -- Healthy Ones and TOPS Donate $5,000 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Support of Eighth Annual TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk

LISLE, Ill., Sept. 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In front of more than 2,000 runners and walkers who came together this past Saturday to participate in one of Buffalo, N.Y.'s premier running events, Healthy Ones and TOPS presented the Roswell Park Cancer Institute with a $5,000 check as part of the Eighth Annual TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk.

Healthy Ones and TOPS presented the Roswell Park Cancer Institute with a $5,000 donation on Saturday morning at the Eighth Annual TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk. From L-R: Cindy Eller, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Mike Lepo, Smithfield Foods/Healthy Ones; Frank Curci, TOPS




A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=35785

Proceeds from the TOPS 5K/10K Run and Family Walk benefit the cutting-edge research and patient care programs that benefit those who turn to Roswell Park for cancer support. Donations are further used to improve the patient and family experience, support new clinical treatments and procedures, provide proper clinical space to meet the increasing demand for cancer services, and educate the next generation of cancer scientists and clinicians.

Healthy Ones historically has supported initiatives to help find a cure for cancer. In addition to the TOPS Run and Family Walk activation, Healthy Ones will donate five cents per tub of lunchmeat and five cents per pound of deli meat sold during October, with a maximum program donation of $50,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

"Research is essential in fighting and finding a cure for this disease," said Chuck Gitkin, senior vice president of marketing, Smithfield Foods. "Healthy Ones understands the importance of supporting communities that our consumers and employees live and work in. Knowing that this donation will stay here in Buffalo and support the tens-of-thousands who rely on Roswell Park is extremely important to us."

Healthy Ones, a brand of Smithfield Foods, can be found in the refrigerated lunchmeat and deli section of chain and local grocery stores across the country. Each variety of Healthy Ones ham, turkey breast, chicken breast and roast beef are certified by the American Heart Association.

About Healthy Ones

Adding a healthy balance to your diet, Healthy Ones is the lean, lower sodium and heart healthy lunch meat. It can be found at the deli and prepackaged in your grocer's lunch meat section. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HealthyOnes.

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®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Nathan's Famous®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Carando® and Healthy Ones®. 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 www.smithfieldfoods.com.

About The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world's most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis. This year, BCRF will invest $47 million in annual grants to more than 220 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents, making the foundation one of the largest non-governmental funders of breast cancer research in the world. Through its Evelyn H. Lauder Founder's Fund, BCRF has also committed $11.6 million in 2014-15 to an international research initiative focused on breast cancer metastasis. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness, BCRF remains one of the nation's most fiscally responsible nonprofits. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization with an "A+" from CharityWatch, and has been awarded Charity Navigator's highest rating of four stars 12 times since 2002. Join us at www.bcrfcure.org.

The photo is also available via AP PhotoExpress.

CONTACT: Chris Madigan Breaking Limits for Healthy Ones (203) 918.1652; cmadigan@breakinglimits.net

Source:Smithfield Foods, Inc.