GASSAWAY, W.Va., July 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In order to help alleviate the burden placed on the Mountaineer Food Bank after recent devastating floods in West Virginia, Smithfield donated more than 35,000 pounds of protein this week in an effort to replenish supplies that were distributed during the recent flooding. This flood was ranked the third-deadliest flooding event for the state, and many are still working to rebuild their homes and find alternative sources to nourish their families.
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"We appreciate all of the great partners that have stepped up to the plate to help West Virginia with our needs during the flooding, and Smithfield has certainly done that,” said Chad Morrison, executive director of the Mountaineer Food Bank. “Protein is one of the most valuable resources for our organization. During disasters, it becomes even more important. Many West Virginia families will have access to healthy sources of food because of this donation and the work that Smithfield is doing in our communities."
“Smithfield salutes the food banks, first responders, and other organizations who have tirelessly provided time and resources to help the communities affected by these floods,” said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield senior director of corporate communications and public affairs. “We are pleased to assist their aid efforts, and provide more than 140,000 servings of protein to local families and individuals and help alleviate food insecurity during this time of need. Smithfield encourages others who are able to help to get involved by reaching out to the Mountaineer Food Bank to see how they too can contribute.”
The donation is part of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes initiative, a coast-to-coast program to help Americans become more food secure. This year, the program will help fight hunger through more than 30 large-scale protein donations to food banks across the United States totaling more than 3.5 million servings.
To learn how you can assist the Mountaineer Food Bank with flood recovery, please visit www.mountaineerfoodbank.org.
Smithfield has a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs, and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters. In 2008, Smithfield established its Helping Hungry Homes initiative to support the fight against hunger across the country, and has since donated more than 39 million servings of protein to food banks across America.
About Mountaineer Food Bank
Mountaineer Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit hunger relief organization that serves 48 counties in West Virginia. Our network consists of over 600 feeding programs including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior programs and Backpack Program. To learn more about Mountaineer Food Bank and how to help solve hunger in your community, visit our website at www.mountaineerfoodbank.org.
A leading provider of high-quality pork products, Smithfield was founded in 1936 in Smithfield, Virginia, establishing the town as the “Ham Capital of the World.” From hand-trimmed bacon and slow-smoked holiday hams to marinated tenderloins, Smithfield brings artistry, authenticity and a commitment to heritage, flavor, and handcrafted excellence to everything it produces. With a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts, the company services retail, foodservice, and deli channels across the United States and 30 countries abroad. All of Smithfield's products meet the highest quality and safety standards in the industry. To learn more about how Flavor Hails from Smithfield, please visit www.Smithfield.com, www.Twitter.com/SmithfieldBrand, and www.Facebook.com/CookingWithSmithfield. Smithfield is a brand of Smithfield Foods.
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®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly's®, Margherita®, 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.