30,000 pounds of protein donated to Peninsula Foodbank

HAMPTON, Va. - A semi-truck full of 30,000 pounds of protein was donated to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank Tuesday.

The donation was made by Helping Hungry Homes, an initiative by Smithfield Foods to alleviate hunger across the country, along with Harris Teeter.

“Protein is critical to a well-balanced meal and a much-needed resource to our food bank,” said Michele Benson, Chief Development Officer for Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “We are grateful to Smithfield and Harris Teeter for this donation, which will help us sustain our 170 member agencies as they strive to meet the ever-growing needs of our community.”

Helping Hungry Homes is kicking off their annual nationwide tour to provide large-scale protein donations to more than 50 food banks across the U.S.

“We look forward to this yearlong cross-country tour and providing nutritious protein to families across the country,” said Dennis Pittman, senior director of hunger relief for Smithfield Foods. “We feed people—it’s what we do. Through this program, we’re doing what we can for our neighbors in need.”