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SMITHFIELD, Va., June 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the recipients of the Smithfield Foundation’s inaugural charitable grant program, which was launched in 2018 to continue to bolster the company’s charitable giving efforts. The Smithfield Foundation is a nonprofit organization and philanthropic arm of the company. In addition to unveiling the new grant program, 2018 marked a tremendous year of philanthropic giving, with Smithfield contributing nearly $29 million in cash and in-kind donations to organizations and projects outlined in the company’s recently released 2018 Sustainability Report.
“The introduction of our new grant program enables us to forge meaningful partnerships with organizations we know care deeply for the communities we call home and allows us to make an even greater impact through our charitable giving efforts,” said Keira Lombardo, executive vice president of corporate affairs and compliance for Smithfield Foods and president of the Smithfield Foundation.
Through its charitable grant program, Smithfield has pledged $1 million to organizations including:
“As a leading global food company, we are especially well-positioned to contribute to hunger relief as part of our philanthropic and community outreach efforts. Education and support for veterans and military families are two other key elements of our giving strategy. We believe that education has the power to dramatically strengthen communities and that we should honor the service and sacrifice of American veterans and their families,” said Lombardo.
In 2018, Smithfield donated $28.8 million in cash and in-kind gifts with notable contributions including:
“At Smithfield, we firmly believe in our responsibility to be a good neighbor and strengthen the communities where we live and work,” said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods. “Our sustainability goals are bolstered by our charitable giving efforts, amplifying our impact and fulfilling our company’s social purpose.”
To learn more about Smithfield’s charitable grant program, visit www.smithfieldfoundation.com. More information about Smithfield’s industry-leading sustainability efforts may be found in the company’s 2018 Sustainability Report.
About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
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