Smithfield, W. Lee Flowers to donate 40,000 lbs. to food bank

Photo Credit: Courtesy: Syracuse University
Photo Credit: Courtesy: Syracuse University

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Smithfield is celebrating race-weekend and the Smithfield No. 43 race team by donating a 40,000 pounds of protein to Harvest Hope Food Bank, according to a news release.

W. Lee Flowers and Company, a Smithfield retail partner and long-time supporter of the Food Bank, will also participate in the donation.

The Darlington race will be held Saturday, with the donation event taking place on Thursday, at 11:00 a.m. at Harvest Hope Food Bank located at 2513 W. Lucas St. in Florence.

"Harvest Hope provided for more than 65,000 struggling families across 20 South Carolina counties in March this year, and so it is wonderful that Smithfield and W. Lee Flowers will help our vital mission with their enormous generosity," said Harvest Hope CEO Denise Holland. "Smithfield's 40,000 pounds of quality hot dogs will form the basis of more than 52,000 protein-rich meals, proving this partnership is essential in making sure we can continue to provide for those suffering from hunger in our South Carolina communities.

Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of working to stock shelves of food banks. They also support after-school nutrition programs and, and provide food relief in the wake of natural disasters.

In January of 2008, Smithfield established its Helping Hungry Homes initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.

W. Lee Flowers and Company is based in Lake City, SC. It is one of the largest South Carolina-headquartered grocery retailers, and the only retailer based in Florence County.

"At our company, we believe in investing and helping out the communities in which we work and serve," said Wil Thomy, Advertising Director at Lee Flowers and Company. "We strive to give back whenever we can, in as many ways as possible; we take great pride in giving and serving."

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