In order to help alleviate the burden placed on the Mountaineer Food Bank after recent devastating floods in West Virginia, Smithfield has donated more than 35,000 pounds of protein to help replenish supplies that were distributed during the recent flooding. This flood was ranked the third-deadliest flooding event for the state, and many are still working to rebuild their homes and find alternative sources to nourish their families.
"We appreciate all of the great partners that have stepped up to the plate to help West Virginia with our needs during the flooding, and Smithfield has certainly done that," said Chad Morrison, executive director of the Mountaineer Food Bank. "Protein is one of the most valuable resources for our organization. During disasters, it becomes even more important. Many West Virginia families will have access to healthy sources of food because of this donation and the work that Smithfield is doing in our communities."
"Smithfield salutes the food banks, first responders, and other organizations who have tirelessly provided time and resources to help the communities affected by these floods," said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield senior director of corporate communications and public affairs. "We are pleased to assist their aid efforts, and provide more than 140,000 servings of protein to local families and individuals and help alleviate food insecurity during this time of need. Smithfield encourages others who are able to help to get involved by reaching out to the Mountaineer Food Bank to see how they too can contribute."
The donation is part of Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes initiative, a coast-to-coast program to help Americans become more food secure.
To learn how you can assist the Mountaineer Food Bank with flood recovery, please visit www.mountaineerfoodbank.org.