SMITHFIELD, Va. – As part of its Helping Hungry Homes program, Smithfield donated more than 12,000 lbs. of protein this week to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank to help feed area families in need. The donation is part of the company's nationwide initiative to help alleviate hunger across the country.

“We are extremely grateful to Smithfield for their continued partnership in helping to provide hunger relief across the Greater Peninsula,” said Karen Joyner, CEO for Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. “Protein is often a difficult item for us to procure, and this donation will help to provide the protein components for 48,000 meals to the families we serve.”

Smithfield has made more than 205 donations across the country under the company’s Helping Hungry Homes program.

“Our corporate headquarters are just down the road from the Peninsula Foodbank in Smithfield, Va., so we're especially proud to provide this donation to benefit families in our local community,” said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield senior director of corporate communications and public affairs.