Smithfield and Murphy-Brown are partnering to help feed families throughout North Carolina by donating 39,000 pounds of protein to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. This joint effort is part of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® program. Representatives from Smithfield and Murphy-Brown will present the donation to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina during a press conference on Monday, September 29, at 1:00 p.m. at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina located at 1314 Marstellar Street, Wilmington, N.C.

“The Food Bank so appreciates Smithfield and Murphy-Brown’s dedication to helping us toward our mission: No One Goes Hungry in Central & Eastern North Carolina,” said Carter Crain, Food Resources Manager for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. “This donation will help so many people in our area who are struggling.” “As the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Murphy Brown is committed to the continued health and well-being of the communities where we live and work,” said Don Butler, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for Murphy-Brown.

“Food security is a critical issue facing millions of American families each day and we are pleased to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to provide families in our community greater access to healthy meals.” “Smithfield has made more than 200 donations across the country under the company’s Helping Hungry Homes program to food banks that serve their communities through local and emergency food pantries, low-income daycare centers and disaster-relief agencies,” said Dennis Pittman, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Smithfield.

“With this donation, we will provide more than 156,000 servings of protein to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, which serves 34 counties throughout North Carolina.” Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters. In January 2008, Smithfield established their Helping Hungry Homes initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.

About Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for more than 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2013-2014, the Food Bank distributed more than 53 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 651,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life.

About Murphy-Brown

Murphy-Brown, based in Warsaw, N.C., is the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods and leading hog producer in the United States. We have over 2,000 employees in this state and do business with over 1,200 independent farmers in N.C. who grow animals for us. We are committed to taking care of our employees, providing sound animal care, food safety, environmental stewardship, and supporting communities where we live and work.

About Smithfield

A leading provider of high-quality pork products, Smithfield was founded in 1936 in Smithfield, Virginia, establishing the town as the “Ham Capital of the World.” From hand-trimmed bacon to slow-smoked holiday hams, Smithfield brings artistry, authenticity and a commitment to heritage, flavor, and handcrafted excellence to everything it produces. With a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, and fresh pork cuts, the company services retail, foodservice, and deli channels across the Unites States and 30 countries abroad. All of Smithfield’s products meet the highest quality and safety standards in the industry. The company is a brand of Smithfield Farmland, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. To learn more about how Flavor Hails from Smithfield, please visit and

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $14 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®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, John Morrell®, Kretschmar®, Curly’s®, Carando®, Margherita®, and Healthy Ones®. 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 and