In celebration of the race weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes program made the third stop on its nationwide hunger-relief tour to donate 25,000 pounds of protein to the Tarrant Area Food Bank and help serve the North Texas community. Smithfield partnered with Market Street and Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) to make this considerable donation, which equals 100,000 servings of protein. Helping Hungry Homes, now in its eighth year, is Smithfield's 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 3.4 million servings. To date, Helping Hungry Homes has provided more than 37 million servings of protein to food banks across America.
"The King" Richard Petty and RPM's No. 43 driver Aric Almirola, who have partnered with the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes program, were present to discuss the importance of these donations from Smithfield and to raise awareness about the necessity of providing assistance to our neighbors in need. Smithfield is the primary sponsor of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 race team.
Petty and Almirola joined representatives from Smithfield and Market Street to present the donation to Tarrant Area Food Bank on April 8 at the Market Street store located in Colleyville, Texas.
"Tarrant Area Food Bank is indeed grateful for this very generous donation from Smithfield Foods and Market Street, especially since meat protein is not donated as often as other foods," said Bo Soderbergh, Executive Director for Tarrant Area Food Bank. "Hundreds of families will be nourished by these 100,000 servings of Smithfield products. Also feeding our neighbors are fresh produce and other foods donated every week by Market Street. We couldn't accomplish our mission without the generous donations from these two food partners."
"Market Street is thrilled to be a part of another significant donation to the Tarrant Area Food Bank," said Robert Bollinger, regional vice president for The United Family. "Shelf-stable products are the most common type of food bank donation, so to see such a large donation of fresh meat is truly a blessing. We salute Smithfield for their generosity and for the difference they make in our communities."