Kroger partners with Smithfield Foods to donate 900 cases of protein to Shared Harvest Foodbank

Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Kroger joined forces to donate more than 35,000 pounds--900 cases--of protein to Shared Harvest Foodbank.

Smithfield’s contribution, equivalent to more than 70,000 servings, was part of the company’s 2018 Helping Hungry Homes donation tour. Now in the program’s 10th year, Helping Hungry Homes is Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focused on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure.

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“We are grateful for the support that Smithfield and Kroger have given us,” said Executive Director of Shared Harvest Foodbank Tina Osso. “This generous donation exemplifies the commitment of both Kroger and Smithfield to ensuring everyone has access to good healthy food in every community, regardless of circumstance. The struggle to put food on the table is not something anyone should face in this great land of plenty.”

This significant donation will provide protein to many individuals and families in Shared Harvest Foodbank’s service area, which includes five counties in Ohio.

“At Kroger, we want to show our support of our local communities by partnering with Smithfield to fight hunger and eliminate waste,” said CEO of Kroger Rodney McMullen. “We are happy to play our role in positively impacting the lives of those living in Ohio.”

Since the program’s inception of the Helping Hungry Homes tour in 2008, Smithfield has provided more the 100 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide.

“At Smithfield, we understand millions of Americans face hunger each day,” said Senior Director of Hunger Relief for Smithfield Foods Dennis Pittman. “We recognize the role we can play alleviating hunger by joining with local allies, such as Kroger and Shared Harvest Foodbank, to provide wholesome protein to the people of Ohio.”

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