Smithfield Food donating 38,000 pounds of protein to Freestore Foodbank

CINCINNATI - Freestore Foodbank is getting a meaty donation Monday morning aimed to help provide protein to those in need.

Smithfield Foods, in partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and Kroger, is donating 38,000 pounds of protein to the Freestore Foodbank during a press conference Monday morning. The donation is part of Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes tour to help provide food security around the country.

"The support of community partners like Smithfield, Richard Petty, and Kroger has a tremendous impact on the fight against hunger," Kurt Reiber, Freestore Foodbank President and CEO, said in a news release. "Protein is a vital need as we work to serve our neighbors in need in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. This generous donation will help nourish children and families in the communities where we live."

Smithfield has donated and delivered more than 25.4 million servings of protein to food-assistance organizations around the United States. Freestore Foodbank is among Smithfield's more than 160 donation recipients.

Racing legend Petty, who has partnered with the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes over the last few years, will be at the presentation to discuss the importance of donating to food to organizations like Freestore Foodbank. Smithfield sponsors the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford with driver Aric Almirola.

"So many race fans are loyal customers of Smithfield and Kroger, so it's great to see them giving back to communities that support them, and our race team, throughout the year," Petty said in a news release.

The donation event will take place at 11 a.m. at the Freestore Foodbank Mayerson Distribution Center, located at 1250 Tennessee Ave.

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