Smithfield Foods sends more than 37,000 pounds of food – the equivalent of 150,000 servings – to Fort Myers, Florida through its Helping Hungry Households® program in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian.
The protein will be delivered to heads of mercya non-profit organization based in Portsmouth, Virginia, which deploys to disaster areas across America, to serve free hot, chef-prepared, restaurant-quality meals to victims, volunteers and first responders responders in Fort Myers.
“Our hearts go out to everyone in the path of this catastrophic hurricane,” said Jonathan Toms, senior manager of community affairs for Smithfield Foods. “We hope this food aid will bring some relief to the people of Fort Myers as they embark on the difficult road to recovery.”
Chef Gary LeBlanc, Founder and Managing Director of Mercy Chefs, said, “Our continued partnership with Smithfield Foods is essential to feeding those who have lost everything. We are honored to have the opportunity to serve those facing extreme devastation in the wake of Hurricane Ian.
Helping Communities is one of the pillars of Smithfield’s industry leader sustainability program. Since 2008, the company has donated hundreds of millions of servings of protein across the United States as part of its flagship hunger relief initiative. Helping hungry households® and recently pledged to donate 200 million more servings by 2025.