On October 16, Smithfield Foods and Capital Food Fight battling chefs Marcelle Afram and Kyoo Eom visited DC Central Kitchen for the third annual collaboration of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes® donation tour.
Smithfield Foods donated 40,000 pounds of protein to support our Community Meals effort preparing dignified meals for nonprofits, youth programs, and shelters. Since 2017, Smithfield has donated over 155,000 pounds of protein to DC-area nonprofits, and 95,000 pounds to DC Central Kitchen specifically.
“Every day, we work to combat hunger and poverty in Washington, DC, and we can’t do that critical work alone,” said Mike Curtin Jr., chief executive officer of DC Central Kitchen. “It’s wonderful to have a partner like Smithfield that’s committed to meeting our neighbors’ immediate needs for nutritious food while investing in our job training and job creation efforts, which offer a lasting, sustainable solution to these challenges.”
As part of its 2019 Helping Hungry Homes tour, Smithfield also presented $100,000 to DC Central Kitchen, marking the company’s third consecutive year as the presenting sponsor of our signature fundraising event, Capital Food Fight. Held on November 6, Capital Food Fight brings together over 80 of DC’s best restaurants while four local top chefs compete in a live onstage battle hosted and judged by the biggest names in the culinary world. Chefs Marcelle Afram of Bluejacket and Kyoo Eom of The Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco who participated in the Helping Hungry Homes event, are two of this year’s battling chefs at Capital Food Fight.
Since 2008, Smithfield has provided more than 140 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster-relief efforts, and community outreach programs nationwide. For more information about the company’s Helping Hungry Homes initiative and a list of upcoming donation events, visit smithfieldfoods.com/helpinghungryhomes.