Albertsons Joins the 25th Stop of Smithfield’s 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® Tour
El Paso, TX – May 30, 2018 – Today, Smithfield Foods, Inc. joined forces with Albertsons to donate more than 34,000 pounds of protein to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour. Now in the program’s 10th year, Helping Hungry Homes® is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 138,000 servings, will help families fight hunger across Texas.
“Our mission is to fight the hunger crisis in our region by supplying nutritious food with help from likeminded allies and partners,” said Susan Goodell, CEO of El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. “We are thankful for this donation from Smithfield Foods and we are motivated more than ever to continue the fight against hunger, because no one should go hungry.”
Smithfield and Albertsons representatives presented the donation to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank during the grand re-opening event at this local Albertsons store (7022 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX 79912). This event corresponded with Albertson’s celebration of their newly remodeled location with a spectacular event which took place alongside the donation. Members of the organizations discussed food insecurity in the local community and the significance of this donation, which will provide protein throughout the food bank’s service area, and reaches more than 91,000 food insecure individuals.
“At Albertsons, we are dedicated to bettering the lives of our neighbors in need,” said Lori Raya, Southwest Division president of Albertsons. “It is a privilege to partner with Smithfield Foods for this donation to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank and help to impact the lives of the many residents we serve in our community.”
This is the 25th large scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2018 Helping Hungry Homes® tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 100 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.
“At Smithfield, we are devoted to helping communities eliminate food-insecurity by providing for those in need,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “With help from partners like Albertsons and El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, we are able to continue our battle against hunger throughout numerous communities across the country.”
For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes® initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit helpinghungryhomes.com.