Bristol, VA – June 3, 2013 – In celebration of Memorial Day, Smithfield partnered with Food City, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Speedway Children’s Charities to donate a combined 40,000 pounds of protein to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
This significant donation is part of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes tour, the company’s coast-to-coast effort to help families and individuals become more food secure. Through this program, Smithfield has donated and delivered more than 25.4 million servings of protein to food-assistance organizations across the country.
Smithfield announced the donation at a press conference on Monday, June 3 at 11:00 am at the Euclid Avenue Food City in Bristol, VA.
“Food City is committed to the communities we serve. We’re excited to once again have the opportunity to partner with Smithfield to make this substantial protein donation to benefit two of our local food banks,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City President and Chief Executive Officer.
“The Bristol chapter of Speedway Children's Charities has distributed more than $7 million since its inception in 1996 to help children in the surrounding area of Bristol Motor Speedway,” said Claudia Byrd, Director of Bristol Chapter, Speedway Children's Charities. “We are so proud to partner with Smithfield and Food City to help make this donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America Southwest Virginia.”
“Smithfield has made more than 160 donations across the country under the company’s Helping Hungry Homes program. Through this campaign, we have provided more than 25.4 million servings to food banks that serve their communities through local and emergency food pantries, low-income daycare centers and disaster-relief agencies,” said Dennis Pittman, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Smithfield. “We’re proud to make this substantial donation in partnership with Food City, Bristol Motor Speedway and SCC to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Feeding America Southwest Virginia to celebrate Memorial Day, honor our troops, and kick off the summer grilling season.”
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 its Helping Hungry Homes® initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.
About Food City
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores operates 106 retail supermarkets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. For more information, visit www.foodcity.com.
About Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway is a NASCAR short track venue located in Bristol, Tennessee. The fourth-largest sports venue in America, and the eighth-largest in the world, the Bristol Motor Speedway can house up to 165,000 people. Constructed in 1960, Bristol is among the most popular tracks on the NASCAR schedule because of its distinct features, that include extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads and stadium-like seating. It has also been named one of the loudest NASCAR tracks. For more information, visit: www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.
About Speedway Children’s Charities
Making a difference in a child’s life is the focus of Speedway Children’s Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations it supports nationwide. Individually, SCC’s local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. For more information, please visit: www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org.
About Smithfield Packing
The Smithfield Packing Company, Inc., is a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc. Founded in 1936 by Joseph W. Luter and his son, Joseph W. Luter, Jr., primary lines of business include fresh pork, smoked meats, bacon, cooked hams and hot dogs for retail, foodservice, and deli channels. The company exports products to approximately 30 countries. In addition to the Smithfield brand, the company’s Gwaltney, Esskay, and Cumberland Gap products are among the leaders in their respective markets. For more information, visit: www.Smithfield.com and www.Facebook.com/CookingWithSmithfield.