Smithfield Packing Co. of Plant City, FL, has donated 140,000 pounds of sliced turkey, spiral hams, hot dogs, luncheon meats and other processed turkey and pork products to Floridians left homeless by Hurricane Charley.
The $260,000 worth of meat products, which equals about 560,000 meals, is being shipped in four trucks to America’s Second Harvest of Tampa Bay. The non-profit group will distribute the meat through its network of food banks located in the path of the hurricane.
“Hurricane Charley caused a great deal of hardship for our neighbors up and down the Gulf Coast, and we felt we could help the most by helping feed those people victimized by the storm,” states Doug Crouser, vice president of operations for Smithfield Packing. Crouser also noted the company is donating 40,000 pounds of ice to the Polk County Recovery Operations Center for the hurricane relief effort.