Smithfield Foods, Cheney Brothers Make Large Donation To Palm Beach County Food Bank

Laura Russell of Cheney Brothers, Palm Beach County Food Bank Executive Director Karen Erren and Jonathan Toms of Smithfield Foods at the donation ceremony.

Smithfield Foods Inc. and Cheney Brothers Inc. joined forces last week to donate more than 40,000 pounds of protein to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Smithfield’s contribution was part of the company’s 2019 Helping Hungry Homes donation tour, Smithfield’s signature hunger-relief initiative focuses on alleviating hunger and helping Americans become more food secure. The donation, equivalent to more than 160,000 servings of protein, will help families fight hunger across Palm Beach County to serve nearly 100,000 individuals in need.

“We’re grateful for this donation from Smithfield and Cheney that will provide the necessary nutrition to feed those in need. This protein will help our food bank support individuals and families by giving them access to wholesome meals,” said Karen Erren, executive director of the Palm Beach County Food Bank.

Representatives from Smithfield and Cheney presented the donation to the Palm Beach County Food Bank at an event at the food bank. During the presentation, representatives from each organization discussed the issue of food insecurity and the significance of the donation, which will provide meals for those facing hunger in Palm Beach county and the surrounding areas on Florida’s east coast.

“Giving back to communities we serve is something that Cheney Brothers truly believes in, and partnering with Smithfield for their Helping Hungry Homes tour is a powerful way to make a difference,” said Laura Russell, a spokesperson for Cheney Brothers. “This is a wonderful opportunity to support our community and provide nutritious meals for those dealing with food insecurity.”

This is the 48th large-scale protein donation made by Smithfield to food banks across the country during its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes tour. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 140 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster-relief efforts and community outreach programs nationwide. “Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes initiative was created to bring awareness to the issue of food insecurity nationwide, and we can’t do it alone,” said Jonathan Toms, associate manager of charitable initiatives for Smithfield Foods. “We’re proud to partner with Cheney to support the Palm Beach County Food Bank through this donation that will provide wholesome meals for those facing hunger.”

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. For more information about Smithfield Foods’ Helping Hungry Homes initiative, visit