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Kretschmar® Partners with Price Cutter and Make-A-Wish® to Grant Wish of Young Boy

LISLE, Ill., May 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kretschmar® Premium Meats & Cheeses has partnered with Price Cutter and Make-A-Wish Missouri to help grant a Granby, Mo. teen’s big wish. Like any 17-year-old, Wish Kid Richard wanted a vehicle of his own. But he loves working on cars and trucks with his father and older brother, so he wished for his father’s old 1970 pick-up to be restored.







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Kretschmar, Price Cutter and Make-A-Wish Missouri granted Richard’s wish and threw him a big party Friday to unveil his fully-restored truck. The party included a classic car show and a country music performance.

“Kretschmar is committed to supporting the important efforts of Make-A-Wish and helping to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions, like Richard,” said Michael J. Sargent, Senior Brand Manager, Kretschmar Deli. “We are privileged to have the opportunity to make this unforgettable experience possible with help from Make-A-Wish and Price Cutter.”

Richard is battling acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). He was diagnosed at the age of 12, just three short months after his mother, Debra, passed away from breast cancer. His family’s health struggles continued when Richard’s father suffered two strokes, but Richard continues to push forward and live the life of a typical teenager. He loves cars, trucks, playing guitar, video games and spending time with friends and family.

“Wishes like Richard's lift kids and their families up at a time that they need it most and help them forge ahead with hope, strength and joy." said Stephanie Hampton-Boeglin, VP of Mission Delivery, Make-A-Wish Missouri.

Since 2012, Kretschmar has contributed over $515,000 to Make-A-Wish nationally and sponsored more than twelve wishes with local chapters through its “Legendary Wishes” campaign.

Thanks to retail partners like Price Cutter, Kretschmar has raised additional funding through sales of Make-A-Wish paper stars sold at stores' registers for $1 donations, employee donations and sandwich fundraisers. Price Cutter locally raised $17,000 from January 21st to February 10th to help grant future wishes like Richard's. These efforts have raised $75,000 locally which was given to local Make-A-Wish chapters to grant more wishes.

For more information about Kretschmar Deli and its involvement with Make-A-Wish visit www.KretschmarDeli.com or www.Facebook.com/KretschmarDeli. Kretschmar is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

About Kretschmar
Kretschmar® Premium Deli Meats & Cheeses has meant quality since 1883. Our hams are made with a unique hardwood smoking process. Kretschmar poultry and beef are hand-trimmed using the finest cuts. Our full line of Off-The-Bone deli meats are delicately sliced from the leanest, most tender cuts. And our premium Wisconsin cheeses repeatedly win in competitions world-wide. Try the Legendary Taste of Kretschmar today. For great recipes and more, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/kretschmardeli or visit our website at www.kretschmardeli.com.

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $14 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®, Kretschmar®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, 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 Price Cutter & Pyramid Foods
Price Cutter Supermarkets has been in the Southwest Missouri community since 1965 and employee owned since 2005. Price Cutter offers a large selection of quality meat, seafood, triple inspected produce, fresh bakery products as well as natural and organic products at a low price. Price Cutter employs nearly 3,000 people and was named 48th on the list of 100 largest employee-owned companies in the United States. Price Cutter is also actively involved in the community, most notably through the Price Cutter Charity Championship that has raised and distributed over 13 million dollars since 2000, all money benefiting local children’s charities. Visit www.facebook.com/pricecutter or www.Pricecutteronline.com.

About Make-A-Wish Missouri
Since 1983, Make-A-Wish® Missouri has granted wishes to more than 5,000 local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year, our chapter will grant more than 300 wishes. According to a U.S. wish impact study, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. For more information about Make-A-Wish Missouri and how you can share the power of a wish®, please visit our website (mo.wish.org) and connect with us on Facebook (makeawishmo), Twitter (@makeawishmo), Instagram (@makeawishmo) and Youtube (MakeAWishMO).


Contact: Leah Rubertino Breaking Limits for Kretschmar (626) 676.3735 lrubertino@breakinglimits.net

Source:Smithfield Foods