On Thursday, Feb. 20, racing legend "The King" Richard Petty helped Smithfield and Winn-Dixie donate 40,000 pounds of protein to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as part of Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes program. The store, located at 323 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL welcomed Petty and and Petty look-a-likes at 11:30 a.m.
"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."
"The King" invited race fans to join the #PettyPack by attending the event dressed in his signature look, and be included in a group photo with "The King, " as well as receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes from Smithfield. Petty drew the winning ticket for one lucky fan to receive a year's worth of free Smithfield Bacon, and two Grand Prize winners received a pair of gift cards for the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
"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."
In addition, the first 50 fans who arrived to the donation event dressed as "The King" received a wrist band to participate in an on-site autograph session, during which Petty will sign one item per fan.
"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."
This significant donation in Florida is part of Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes tour, the company's coast-to-coast effort to help families and individuals become more food secure. Through this program, Smithfield has made more than 180 donations to food banks, after-school nutrition programs, and natural-disaster relief across the country.
"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."
Racing legend Richard Petty, who has partnered with the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes program to donate thousands of pounds of protein over recent years, was 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.
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