Smithfield and Lowes Foods Partner to Donate More Than 35,000 Pounds of Protein to Second Harvest Food Bank as Part of Smithfield”s Nationwide “Helping Hungry Homes” Tour

Representatives from Smithfield and Lowes Foods presented the donation to Second Harvest Food Bank during an event on Tuesday, June 14 at Second Harvest, located at 3655 Reed St, Winston-Salem, NC. Speakers discussed the importance of donations like this in northwest North Carolina, where one in four children suffer from hunger and are under-nourished.

“School has just let out for summer and 1 in 4 children in our region are losing the one meal that they can count on-school lunch,” said Tomi Melson, Second Harvest director of development and community relations. “These children are at risk of losing all they have gained during the school year so we are very focused on helping them. This timely gift from Smithfield will help provide necessary protein to these children. Summer meals matter for hungry kids and we are thankful for Smithfield’s support.”

“Lowes Foods appreciates this significant donation and our partnership with Smithfield,” said Tim Lowe, president of Lowes Foods. “As a locally-based and family-owned grocer, we work hard to live out our promise to help bring community back to the table through strong ties with local farms, local suppliers, and our commitment to our neighbors. We are proud that each year during the past 21 years, Lowes Foods creates the largest food drive annually within North Carolina, and that we have donated close to 20 million pounds of food to-date. Our Bag Childhood Hunger and Friends Feeding Friends programs make it easy for our guests, suppliers and hosts to make a difference within their local communities.”

“During the summer months, many children on school-assisted lunch programs don’t know where they’ll be getting their next meal,” said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield senior director of corporate communications and public affairs. “Smithfield is proud to provide Second Harvest Food Bank with this donation through our Helping Hungry Homes program to help assist these children, as well as thousands of other families and individuals suffering from hunger throughout northwestern North Carolina.”