March 1, 2021
Truckload of Smithfield products heads to North Carolina, US, following tornado, winter storm
Smithfield Foods, Inc. is dispatching a truck carrying nearly 40,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, the United States, to aid disaster-relief efforts in the wake of a devastating EF-3 tornado that hit Brunswick County, the company announced on February 26.
The natural disaster claimed at least three lives and injured several more, destroyed dozens of homes and left thousands without power amid winter storm conditions.
Smithfield's donation is enough to feed nearly 160,000 people and is facilitated through the company's signature hunger-relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes, which donates nutritious protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts and education and community outreach programmes year-round.
"Our thoughts are with the North Carolinians impacted by this horrific weather event," said Jonathan Toms, charitable initiatives manager at Smithfield Foods. "We are grateful to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, as well as state emergency personnel, frontline responders and all assisting the community in its recovery."