This morning, Ingles Markets, Smithfield and Food Network’s Paula Deen delivered meat — and lots of it — to MANNA FoodBank. How much meat? 80 thousand servings of protein, to be exact.
Smithfield’s donation is part of the company’s Helping Hungry Homes initiative, a program that’s helping to stock over-taxed food banks.
“These difficult times require the continued support of our food industry partners. Because of this relationship with Ingles Markets and Smithfield, we will be able to provide our neighbors in need with healthy servings of hope. We can’t thank them enough for this wonderful donation of protein and for bringing Paula Deen to Asheville to help demonstrate how everyone can be a part of the solution to hunger in WNC,” said Kitty Schaller, Executive Director of MANNA FoodBank.
Why is Paula Deen in Asheville? She’s attending the grand opening of 404-seat Paula Deen’s Kitchen at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on Saturday, Jan. 22nd. Says Paula Dee of the deal, “I couldn’t think of a better mix: Southern food and casinos. It has all the ingredients for a good time.”
Xpress was there to capture some images of the event. Photos by Jonathan Welch.