Food Bank receives 40,000 pounds of protein

40,000 pounds of food donation
People loading food into the food bank from a truck to get protein to hundreds and thousands of people on September 20, 2017. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In North Carolina, it’s estimated that one in six people don’t know where their next meal will come from.

Smithfield Foods with its hunger-relief initiative, Helping Hungry Homes, donated nearly 40,000 pounds of protein, with help from Harris Teeter, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. This donation will provide nearly 160,000 servings of protein, a staple of a well-balanced meal, to communities all over North Carolina.

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“What it means for some families is the difference between having a meat item as a part of their dinner and not having a meat item as part of our dinner, and I think as parents, we all know that it’s our goal to have a well balanced meal on the table every night,” Beth Gaglione, Central and Eastern North Carolina Food Bank Branch Director, said.

Helping Hungry Homes has provided more than 65,000,000 servings of protein to food banks across America since 2011.