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Celebrity Cook Paula Deen and Husband Michael Groover Bring Smithfield Foods' Helping Hungry Homes(TM) Tour to L.A.
Date:2/6/2008

Savannah, on January 14, and has now reached Philadelphia, New York City, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Additional scheduled stops include Kansas City, Chicago, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., before concluding in Detroit. Donations are being distributed through local members of America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization.

The Helping Hungry Homes initiative was established to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry. Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters. This 10-city tour will distribute 250,000 pounds of meat products with an estimated retail value of more than one million dollars.

"Although Smithfield Foods has long been a supporter of hunger relief initiatives, we felt the need to help shine a spotlight on an ever-increasing problem for American families," said Dennis Treacy, vice president of environmental and corporate affairs for Smithfield Foods. "Providing hunger relief with Paula Deen and her family through our Helping Hungry Homes initiative will remain a high priority throughout our family of companies," Treacy added.

The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1973 and is one of the largest food banks in the United States. Through a network of nearly 900 charitable agency sites, the Foodbank supplies enough food for over 560,000 meals each week in Los Angeles County. The Foodbank is affiliated with America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest food bank network. For more information, visit http://www.lafoodbank.org.

Smithfield Foods is a global food company with operations in 13 countries through wholly owned subsidiaries and joint ventures. Headquartered in Smithfield, Va., the company produces more than 50 brands of
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