Meals for Hometown Heroes

by | Apr 1, 2021 | Food & Drink, Nonprofits, Online Exclusives

Smithfield Foods employees and local volunteers served hot meals to more than 2,500 first responders and healthcare workers across southeast North Carolina.

In appreciation for first responders’ and healthcare workers’ ongoing efforts to keep communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Smithfield Foods, Inc. has served more than 2,500 free, hot meals in southeastern North Carolina since January 27.

Smithfields Pender NC

Smithfield Foods provided hot take-out meals at five events: Sampson Regional Medical Center employees in Clinton on January 27; Pender Memorial Hospital in Burgaw on February 10; Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville on February 18 and 19 and Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown on March 5. Smithfield employees and local volunteers served the meals outdoors at the respective hospital locations.

“The pandemic has highlighted the heroic efforts of our communities’ first responders, healthcare and other essential workers,” says Steve Evans, director of community development for Smithfield Foods.

“Just as the heroes in our Smithfield Family have answered the call to maintain the continuity of our food supply throughout the pandemic, we are humbled by the dedication of these ‘hometown heroes’ across North Carolina to keep us healthy and safe. We decided to show our appreciation the way we know best: through good food.”

Smithfield NC Gives Back

Headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia, since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with a portfolio high-quality brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. Smithfield’s Hometown Hero events are part of the company’s commitment to support the communities where its employees work and live through targeted philanthropy, employee volunteerism and other engagement opportunities.

“Thanks to our local volunteers and partner hospitals for collaborating with us to safely orchestrate these events for our communities,” Evans says.

For more information visit smithfieldfoods.com/sustainability/helping-communities.

About the author

Sandi Grigg

Sandi Grigg

Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina and attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I always dreamed of living on the coast. After earning my degree in Marketing/Branding I moved to Wilmington and the life my spouse and I have created for ourselves is a blessing beyond words. Together, we enjoy kayaking the Cape Fear, fishing the shores of Carolina Beach and picking up seashells and shark’s teeth. At home, I love to cook and write recipes, play with our dogs, and take on DIY home improvement endeavors. Being a part of the Carolina Marketing Company team has shown me that you really can enjoy your job. I am truly grateful to have a career I love in the city I aspired to be in. Life is grand!
Sponsored by Kinco Inc
Sponsored by Coral Cottage Boutiques
Sponsored by New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Sponsored by Quarter Moon