Major pork supplier Smithfield Foods next week will partner with Safeway to donate 40,000 pounds of protein products to Boulder County's Community Food Share food bank in support of ongoing flood relief efforts, officials say.
Smithfield and Safeway officials plan to deliver the donation to the food bank, 650 S. Taylor Ave. in Louisville, at 11 a.m. Oct. 15. The donation will also include a $3,000 Safeway gift card.
"With the 'search-and-rescue' phase of flood relief now over, our communities are moving into an immediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding stage. These generous donations from Smithfield and Safeway could not be more well-timed, as Community Food Share prepares for the sustained food distribution that will be required in the weeks and months to come," Community Food Share CEO Jim Baldwin said in a news release. "Protein product is the most difficult and expensive food for a food bank to acquire and is rarely available in adequate amounts yet, nutritionally, it is invaluable."
Community Food Share is a Feeding America food bank that serves Boulder and Broomfield counties. It distributes more than 7.5 million meals each year through its network of 50 member food pantries, kitchens, shelters and emergency food programs.