In celebration of the upcoming race weekend in Watkins Glen, Smithfield donated 25,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in partnership with Tops Friendly Markets and Richard Petty Motorsports to help serve the Watkins Glen community. This significant donation was part of Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes tour, the company's coast-to-coast effort to help families and individuals become more food secure.
Racing legend Richard Petty, who has partnered with Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes program to donate thousands of pounds of protein over recent years, was present to discuss the importance of these donations from Smithfield, and to raise awareness about the necessity of providing assistance to our neighbors in need.
Smithfield sponsors the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford race team. Representatives from Smithfield and Tops Friendly Markets, presented the donation to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier on Friday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m. at the Tops Friendly Markets store located at 504 ½ Franklin St., Watkins Glen, N.Y.
"We are very grateful to have such great partners at Smithfield and Tops Friendly Markets who have made this generous donation possible," said Natasha Thompson, President & CEO for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. "This product donation will provide a much needed boost in our mission to build and sustain hunger-free communities throughout the Southern Tier, starting right here in Watkins Glen."
"Tops' community mission is focused on helping to eradicate hunger," said Frank Curci, Tops Chairman, President and CEO. "Especially now, it's more important than ever to help our neighbors who are trying hard to make ends meet. We are proud to partner with Smithfield and Richard Petty Motorsports so we can help address this growing need."
"Smithfield has made more than 240 donations across the country under the company's Helping Hungry Homes program. Through this donation, we will provide more than 100,000 servings of protein to families in Watkins Glen," said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs.
"We're proud to have partners like Tops Friendly Markets and Richard Petty Motorsports who share the same values about community involvement and working together to help alleviate hunger in the Watkins Glen area."
"The No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team is honored to help make this donation to Food Bank of the Southern Tier," said No. 43 team owner Richard Petty. "So many race fans are loyal customers of Smithfield and shop at Tops, so it's really important for us to come together and give back to the communities that support our organizations throughout the year."
Smithfield Foods has 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 their Helping Hungry Homes initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.