RICHMOND, Virginia, June 10 / PRNewswire / – September 8, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Today, Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative is a program to help alleviate hunger and help Americans maintain their Safe Food Wegman’s Food Markets will donate nearly 40,000 pounds of protein and 9,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the Virginia FeedMore Center. Donating nearly 160,000 servings helps hungry people in 34 cities and counties in Central Virginia, where one in seven people is not safe to eat.
“We are very grateful that Smithfield continues to support our position to fight hunger,” said Tim McDermott, Director of Development for FeedMore. This generous MyWegmansConnect donation offers healthy protein help and the help that many families and individuals that FeedMore serves a need.
Representatives from Smithfield and Wegmans presented the donation to FeedMore this morning at an event that raised awareness of the impact of hunger on the local community. Members of all three organizations discussed the importance of donating protein to nearly 200,000 people, including one in six hungry children every day in Central Virginia.
At Wegmans, we are committed to making a significant difference in all of the MyWegmansConnect communities we serve, with a strong focus on providing food to hungry and vulnerable people, said Laurie Shadders, service manager for Wegmans Midlothian. We are extremely happy to partner with Smithfield Foods to provide FeedMore with this significant donation of protein and non-perishable food.
Smithfield’s donation to FeedMore was part of the 2017 Helping Hungry Homes® national tour. During the annual tour, Smithfield will provide significant protein donations to nearly 60 food banks across the country. This donation is in addition to the more than 65 million servings of protein that have been donated since 2011.
“We are proud to work with Wegmans to provide this donation to FeedMore through our Helping Hungry Homes program,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger reduction at Smithfield Foods. As a global food company, we appreciate our responsibility to end hunger, especially here in our home state of Virginia.