Employees of Smithfield Foods collected more than 130,000 pounds of food in support of Hunger Action Month, the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks’ awareness campaign.
Smithfield announced the donation this week, stating, “We’re proud to have our employees go above and beyond to support their neighbors in need.”
The campaign from Feeding America seeks to raise awareness of the fact that 37 million Americans, including more than 11 million children, are food insecure, and inspire action. For 11 years, Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner food pantries, has dedicated the month of September to re-igniting its commitment to ending hunger.
In addition to employee efforts during Hunger Action Month, Smithfield works with Feeding America throughout the year for the company’s hunger-relief initiative Helping Hungry Homes. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has donated more than 140 million servings of protein across all 50 U.S. states.