Smithfield Foods donates $500,000 to feed NC children during the summer months

(L – R): Jonathan Toms, senior community development manager, Smithfield Foods; Secretary Kody H. Kinsley, North Carolina Health and Human Services; North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper; Steve Evans, vice president of community development, Smithfield Foods; and Stephen Kouba, government affairs manager, Smithfield Foods

SMITHFIELD, Va. – Smithfield Foods has donated $500,000 to fund SUN Bucks in North Carolina, a newly established, permanent USDA program that provides food assistance to children and families during the summer.

“Fighting food insecurity and hunger is a top priority for Smithfield,” said Steve Evans, vice president of community development for Smithfield Foods. “We are humbled to do our part in the communities where we live and work so that our neighbors can continue to have access to healthy and nutritious food all summer long when schools are out.”

SUN Bucks, also known as Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer Program for Children (Summer EBT), will launch in summer 2024 and will be administered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Families will receive $120 per eligible child on a pre-loaded SUN Bucks card that they can use to purchase groceries, such as fruits, vegetables and proteins, at retail locations that currently accept EBT.

“Good nutrition is the basis for good health. The SUN Bucks program will give more than one million North Carolina schoolchildren access to the healthy food they need to thrive this summer,” said Kody H. Kinsley, North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services. “NCDHHS is grateful to Smithfield Foods for their contributions to SUN Bucks and for supporting our mission to improve the health and well-being of all North Carolina residents.”

The SUN Bucks program is expected to feed nearly one million school-age children in North Carolina this summer and have an estimated economic impact of $120 million.

Learn more about the details of the North Carolina SUN Bucks program and eligibility here.

Smithfield’s hunger relief program, Helping Hungry Homes®, has provided hundreds of millions of servings of protein to all 50 U.S. states since 2008, as well as Poland, Romania and Mexico. Smithfield donated nearly 28 million servings of protein to food banks, disaster relief efforts and community programs across the US in 2023 and has pledged to donate 200 million servings of protein by 2025.

To learn more about Smithfield’s programs to support local communities, visit

About Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Smithfield Foods, Inc., headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia, is an American food company since 1936 that employs more than 54,000 people in seven countries and works with thousands of American farmers. As one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies, we strive to produce ‘good food’. Responsible.®“to feed a growing world population. We have been pioneering sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our US operations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% across our entire US value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to food banks, disaster relief efforts and community programs in all 50 US states. Smithfield has a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®Eckrich®Gwaltney® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Xformerly known as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Threads.

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