SMITHFIELD AND WINN-DIXIE PARTNER WITH RPM TO DONATE 40,000 POUNDS OF PROTEIN
SMITHFIELD AND WINN-DIXIE PARTNER WITH RICHARD PETTY
MOTORSPORTS TO DONATE 40,000 POUNDS OF PROTEIN TO
SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Donation Will Provide More Than 160,000 Servings to Area Families
Daytona Beach, FL – February 20, 2014 – To celebrate the kick off to the 2014 racing season, Smithfield and Winn-Dixie are partnering to help feed Florida families by donating 40,000 pounds of protein to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as part of Smithfield’s “Helping Hungry Homes” program.
Racing legend Richard Petty, who has partnered with the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes program to donate thousands of pounds of protein over recent years, will be present to discuss the importance of these donations from Smithfield, and to help raise awareness about the necessity of providing assistance to our neighbors in need. Smithfield sponsors the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford with driver Aric Almirola.
Representatives from Smithfield and Winn-Dixie, along side Richard Petty, will present the donation at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 20th, during a press conference at Winn-Dixie (Store #2309), located at 323 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL.
Fans who attend the donation dressed as Petty will be included in a group photo with “The King” and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes from Smithfield. Petty will draw the winning ticket for one lucky fan to receive a year’s worth of free Smithfield Bacon, and two Grand Prize winners will receive a pair of gift cards for the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
In addition, the first 50 fans to arrive to the donation event dressed as “The King” will receive a wrist band to participate in an on-site autograph session, during which Petty will sign one item per fan.
“One of the food types that our low-income neighbors have the hardest time affording are nutritious, high-protein items,” said Dave Krepcho, President & CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “Generous product donations like this one from Smithfield, Winn-Dixie, and Richard Petty Motorsports will help fill a need for thousands of seniors, kids, and others who are struggling.”
“Giving back to the community has been part of Winn-Dixie’s culture for more than 80 years, and we are proud of our longstanding partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida,” said Winn-Dixie District Director Steve Wren. “It’s a pleasure to help facilitate this donation because no societal issue is more aligned with Winn-Dixie’s core business nor touches the hearts of our customers more than hunger.”
“The No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team is honored to participate in this donation with our sponsor, Smithfield,” said No. 43 team owner Richard Petty. “So many race fans are loyal customers of Smithfield, and shop at Winn-Dixie, so it’s great to see them giving back to communities that support them throughout the year.”
“Smithfield has made more than 180 donations to food banks, after-school nutrition programs, and natural-disaster relief across the country under the company’s Helping Hungry Homes program,” said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. “We’re proud to make this substantial donation alongside Winn-Dixie and Richard Petty Motorsports to help alleviate
hunger in Central Florida.”
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.
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About the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Second Harvest Food Bank is a member of Feeding America — the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFB secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 500 agencies that feed the hungry throughout Central Florida. Last year, with the help of numerous donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed nearly 40 million pounds of grocery products — the equivalent of more than 26 million meals — to partner agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and other vital food assistance programs. On average, more than 55,000 different people receive assistance from SHFB partners each week. To learn more about SHFB, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.
About Bi-Lo Holdings
Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, the parent company of BI-LO and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the ninth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the United States based on net sales. The company employs nearly 60,000 associates who serve customers in 684 grocery stores and 482 in-store pharmacies throughout the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. BI-LO and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands
with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, please visit www.bi-lo.com and www.winn-dixie.com.
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About Richard Petty Motorsports
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by
NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneurs Andrew Murstein and Douglas Bergeron, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force, STP, Strike Ten Entertainment and Fresh From Florida, and Marcos Ambrose drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners STANLEY, DEWALT, Mac Tools and Twisted Tea. In addition, Dakoda
Armstrong wheels the No. 43 WinField Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team is headquartered in Concord, N.C.
In August 2013, two Smithfield Foods subsidiaries, The Smithfield Packing Company and Farmland Foods, realigned to form the Smithfield-Farmland Packaged Food Group, and Smithfield-Farmland Fresh Meat Group. This union brought together two leading pork suppliers, both known for their high-quality retail and foodservice offerings in the United States and abroad across a variety of Fresh and Packaged categories. In addition to the Smithfield and Farmland brands, the company’s Gwaltney and Cook’s products are among the leaders in their respective markets. For more information, visit www.Smithfield.com and www.FarmlandFoods.com.