Austin, Texas is a hub of activity as Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Texas based grocery chain H-E-B join together to donate over 40,000 pounds of proteins to the Central Texas Food Bank. Smithfield noted that their contribution was part of their Helping Hungry Homes donation tour, which is in its 10th year helping reduce hunger and secure food for Americans. Pictures and a quick rundown of the day’s events can be found here.
This type of donation is one that will certainly help many, many people. 40,000 pounds of protein translates to roughly 160,000 servings which will help hundreds of families who are facing hunger. Both Smithfield and H-E-B discussed their donation and the impact it would have on the local community when they presented Central Texas Food Bank with the protein. This donation will go very far within the state and is expected to help thousands of individuals who span across 21 separate counties in the state of Texas. At the donation in Austin a Smithfield rep stated that Smithfield is dedicated to providing for those in need who do not know when their next meal will happen or where it will come from. While the state of Texas continues to grow, so does food insecurity across the state and Smithfield, through their Helping Hungry Homes donation tour, is hoping to alleviate some of these fears in areas of all sizes and demographics in the state of Texas and across the entire United States.
The current recipient, Central Texas Food Bank, has a long history of helping Central Texans. The group was founded in 1981 and since has grown to partner with almost 300 other agencies working to serve an average of 46,000 people per week with food and other products. The group is headquartered in Austin, Texas and works to serve 21 separate counties in the Central Texas area. For reference, that area is roughly twice the size of the entire state of Massachusetts.
For Smithfield, this is not a single charitable donation. Through the past 10 years the company has made 49 total large-scale donations to food banks across the United States. Their Helping Hungry Homes tour began in 2008 and since then has provide over 100 million servings of proteins to numerous charities including community outreach programs, food banks and disaster relief efforts.
Smithfield Foods is a global company that is listed as the largest pork processor and hog producer in the entire world. They are also the owners of popular meat brands in the United States including Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, John Morrell, Armour, Curly’s, Healthy Ones, Farmland, and many more. The company is known for their commitment to providing quality foods in a responsible manner including top notch animal care, employee safety, environmental safety, community involvement and food safety. More information on the donations to the Central Texas Food Bank, the group itself, H-E-B and Smithfield can be found here.