The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Shore to Receive 37,000-Pound Protein Donation from Smithfield Foods

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WHAT: As part of the National Pork Producers Council Give a Ham challenge, Smithfield Foods is donating 37,000 pounds of protein to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Following delivery and brief presentation, Smithfield employees and their families will participate in a service project, packing bags for the school Backpack Program.

WHO: Representatives available for comment include:

  • Christopher Tan, President & CEO, Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
  • Jonathan Toms, Senior Community Development Manager, Smithfield Foods, Inc.

WHEN: Thursday, December 22, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, located at 800 Tidewater Drive in Norfolk, Virginia.

About the Foodbank

For 40 years, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has provided over 350 million meals to those in our community who face hunger. Through our programs, facilities, and large network of community partners, we “eliminate hunger” on a daily basis for many. However, we understand that our current work addresses hunger for individuals in the short term. It does not address the root causes which force individuals to return to a food pantry again and again. This understanding has led to the creation of a 3-year strategic plan aimed to move Hampton Roads closer to achieving the mission of eliminating hunger for those we serve—not only for the day, or for the week, but for a lifetime. For up-to-date information on the Foodbank, visit, Facebook, or Twitter.

About Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia, since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly.®” and serve as one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30% across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.