Smithfield and United Food and Commercial Workers Union Deliver 120,000 Servings of Protein to Philabundance
“Feeding The Hungry” Coast-to-Coast Tour Continues: Donating 20 Million Servings of Protein over Three Years
PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Wednesday, December 1st at 11:00 a.m., Smithfield and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) will deliver 120 thousand servings of protein to Philabundance, 302 West Berks Street, as a continuation of its ‘Feeding The Hungry” coast-to-coast tour to donate a total of nearly 20 million servings of protein over three years to Feeding America – The Nation’s Food Bank Network.
Food Banks nationwide are reporting a 46 percent increase in the number of people coming to them for help. The current recession and the continuing rise in unemployment are having a profound effect on Food Banks’ ability to meet the demand. As a result, food assistance organizations across the country have been reporting over the past year that more individuals and families are turning to them for assistance including more first-time visitors, unemployed workers, employed individuals, seniors and families with children.
“Smithfield, UFCW and Paula Deen are helping to provide essential meals to those in need in the Delaware Valley through their generous donation,” stated Bill Clark, President and Executive Director of Philabundance. “This donation of 120,000 servings of nutritious protein is a tremendous help to Philabundance as we try to keep up with the increasing need that we are seeing in our communities.”
Acme, a longstanding retail partner of Smithfield and a dedicated supporter of Philabundance, also will participate in the program. “Doing our part to support the organizations that help feed people is at the core of our values at ACME and we are pleased to have been invited to participate in this important initiative dedicated to help end hunger,” said Dan Sanders, president, ACME.
‘Feeding the Hungry’ is one of Smithfield Foods’ ‘Helping Hungry Homes’ initiatives. ‘Helping Hungry Homes’ was established to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry. Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters.
“Smithfield Foods is committed to hunger relief,” said Dennis Pittman, Public Affairs Director,
Smithfield. “We felt the need to help shine a spotlight on an ever-increasing problem for American families. Providing hunger relief will continue to remain a priority.”
“The UFCW is committed to ensuring that families across the country have the relief and the opportunities they need to weather the current economic crises,” said Joe Hansen, UFCW International President. “All across the country UFCW members are on the frontlines of efforts to improve and strengthen their communities, and this partnership reflects their unwavering commitment to protect and advocate for families during tough times. This partnership is about bringing together organizations with the resources, the relationships and the know-how to ensure that vulnerable communities across the country have access to well-supplied food banks. Our goal is simple: Get good, nutritious food to as many families, in as many communities, as possible.”
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to those in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties, who serve approximately 65,000 people per week at an aggregate cost of less than 30 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2009, Philabundance, distributed 17 million pounds of food in the Delaware Valley. For more information about Philabundance, call 215-339-0900 or visit www.philabundance.org.
ACME Markets, part of the nationwide SUPERVALU® INC. (NYSE: SVU) family of grocery stores, operates 123 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, employing over 16,000 associates. With a market-leading position in the Delaware Valley, ACME offers consumers fresh and convenient supermarket solutions, in addition to services such as Sav-on Pharmacies at select locations. Established in 1891, the company and its associates remain committed to the communities they serve, contributing more than $2.5 million each year to a variety of local charitable causes. For more information about ACME visit www.acmemarkets.com.
Smithfield, a name familiar to millions of Americans, is committed to environmental leadership, community involvement, employee safety, animal welfare and high-quality food. It is seeking to help the people of the Philadelphia area by providing these needed servings of protein. With sales of $12 billion, Smithfield Foods is the leading processor and marketer of fresh pork and packaged meats in the United States, as well as the largest producer of hogs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com and www.facebook.com/CookingwithSmithfield.
About the United Food and Commercial Workers
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, immigration reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org.
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