Smithfield Joins UPPA to Host Appreciation Luncheon for Veterans, Their Families and Caregivers 

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce its facility in Salt Lake City donated 500 pounds of protein to the Salt Lake City Veterans Administration. Smithfield’s protein donation was used in a luncheon hosted with the Utah Pork Producers Association, at the Veterans Multipurpose Center in Salt Lake City.

“Smithfield’s generous donation and active role in the veteran community demonstrates the company’s commitment to those who have served our country,” said Allison Fiscus, executive director of promotions and communications for the Utah Pork Producers Association. “It’s a great honor to stand alongside Smithfield to serve our veterans and their loved ones with a delicious meal and display our respect for all they have sacrificed for our country.”

The event was made possible by Smithfield Foods and the Utah Pork Producers Association. The hosts served more than 1,200 veterans, their family members, and Veterans Administration staff during the luncheon.

"Every year we look forward to this event and the opportunity to return a service to our veterans in the best way we know how,” said Bill Synowicki, plant manager of the Salt Lake City facility for Smithfield Foods. “Our veterans deserve this wholesome meal, and more, for all they have done for us and our nation.”

Smithfield has a long history of supporting veterans and military families through volunteerism, food and charitable donations, and partnerships. In 2016, Smithfield introduced two new veterans' initiatives — Operation 4000! and Smithfield Salutes. Through Operation 4000!, Smithfield is working to employ 4,000 veterans—10 percent of its U.S. workforce—by 2020. Smithfield Salutes is an employee engagement program that helps veterans working at Smithfield in their transition to civilian life.

To learn more about Smithfield’s support of veterans, visit

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Lisa Martin
Smithfield Foods, Inc.
(757) 365-1980

Allison Fiscus
Utah Pork Producers Association
(801) 712-2164

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