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Smithfield Foods Partners with AmeriGas To Donate More Than $42,000 to 34 Area Schools

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WARSAW, N.C., March 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smithfield Foods, Inc.announced a $42,172 contribution to 34 primary and secondary schools in 21 counties across Eastern North Carolina, Eastern South Carolina, and Southern Virginia in partnership with AmeriGas, the nation’s largest propane company. These donations, earned through the AmeriGas School Days program, will be used to provide school supplies, invest in new project initiatives, and fund teacher training and development.

“We are proud to provide much needed financial support for programs at schools throughout the communities where many of our employees live and work,” said Joe Szaloky, vice president of business development and procurement for Smithfield Foods. “Education is a key focus of Smithfield’s charitable giving program, and this partnership enables us to leverage our relationship with AmeriGas to make an impact in our area schools.”

Through this unique program, $0.02 per gallon of AmeriGas propane purchased is placed in a fund to be dispersed to partnering schools. Smithfield Foods’ donation totals from 2016 and 2017 were combined and divided among 34 schools enrolled in the program.

“We appreciate Smithfield’s business and we are grateful that they have taken full advantage of our School Days program,” said Brian Grimm, director of national accounts for AmeriGas. “It is such a pleasure to partner with an organization that firmly believes in the power of education to strengthen and transform communities.”

Partner Schools are listed below.

County School
Sussex Tidewater Academy Lower School
Sussex Tidewater Academy Upper School
Southampton Southampton High School
Hertford Hertford High School
Prince George Prince George High School
Prince George N.B. Clements
Gates Gates County High School
Edgecombe Southwest Edgecombe
Northampton Gaston Middle School
Northampton Conway Middle School
Sampson Hobbton High School
Sampson Lakewood High School
Sampson Midway High School
Sampson Union High School
Sampson Clinton High School
Bladen East Bladen High School
Bladen West Bladen High School
Columbus East Columbus
Columbus West Columbus
Cumberland Cape Fear High School
Brunswick Towncreek Elementary
Dillon Dillon High School
Hoke Hoke High School
Marlboro McColl Elementary School
Richmond Richmond Senior High School
Robeson Purnell Swett High School
Scotland Scotland High School
Duplin North Duplin High School
Duplin East Duplin High School
Duplin James Kenan High School
Duplin Wallace-Rose Hill High School
Lenoir North Lenoir High School
Lenoir South Lenoir High School
Craven West Craven High School

For more information about Smithfield’s focus on education and commitment to its local communities, please visit