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Smithfield Food donates 40,000 pounds of protein to NC Food Bank

Wednesday, Smithfield Foods teamed up with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Wilmington as well as Harris Teeter to donate about 40,000 pounds of protein. (Source: WECT) Wednesday, Smithfield Foods teamed up with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Wilmington as well as Harris Teeter to donate about 40,000 pounds of protein. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

One in six people in North Carolina do not know where their next meal is coming from.

Smithfield Foods teamed up with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Wilmington as well as Harris Teeter Wednesday to donate about 40,000 pounds of protein. 

The donation was part of the Helping Hungry Homes initiative.

Dennis Pittman, the Senior Director of Hunger Relief with Smithfield Foods said Wilmington was just one of their 62 stops on the Helping Hungry Homes tour across the country. 

In addition to bringing food to food banks, Smithfield is also helping with disaster relief in Houston and Florida.

Pittman said bringing food to the homeless is not their only goal.

"We use this program not only to bring food to the food banks but to try to help raise the awareness of food insecure homes all across the country," Pittman said. 

Wednesday morning, members of all three organizations helped unload all 40,000 pounds of protein at the Food Bank. Pittman said it would take about 45 minutes to complete. 

The food donated will be distributed to various food pantries across our area. 

"First Baptist Church here in Wilmington, they will be getting a load today," Pittman said.  "And what we're bringing in today is ribs. So this will be a very nice, center of the plate item for people who probably can't usually afford to have a nice rib dinner. And this gives us a chance to make sure that they're getting a complete meal."

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