Smithfield and Ingles Donate 80,000 Pounds of Protein to MANNA FoodBank
Smithfield and Ingles partnered to provide more than 320,000 servings of protein to Western North Carolina families. The joint effort is part of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes program. Representatives from Smithfield and Ingles presented the donation on Thursday, April 17, at MANNA.
“On behalf of the more than 100,000 people in Western North Carolina who do not have access to 3 square meals a day, we thank Smithfield and Ingles for this generous donation,” said Chief Development Officer Donna Ensley. “As the end of the school year approaches, we have special concern for the 1 in 4 children in our area who struggle with hunger. This food will provide a critical source of nutrition for them.”
In 2013, Ingles Markets was MANNA’s biggest food donor with over 2 million pounds of food donated. Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters. In January 2008, Smithfield established their Helping Hungry Homes® initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.
“Smithfield has made more than 185 donations across the country under the company’s Helping Hungry Homes program. Through this donation, we will provide more than 320,000 servings of protein to the MANNA Food Bank,” said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. “We’re proud to partner with Ingles to make this substantial donation to benefit families in Western North Carolina.”