Washington Nationals Team Up with Paula Deen and Smithfield Foods

Courtesy of the Washington Nationals | 5/17/2010, 11:34 a.m.
Helping Hungry Homes Food Donation Event Kicks Off Nationals' Annual Food Drive...

Helping Hungry Homes Food Donation Event Kicks Off Nationals' Annual Food Drive for Capital Area Food Bank
During "Battle of the Beltway" Weekend Games

WHAT: Washington Nationals players and first ladies will join Smithfield Foods and spokesperson Paula Deen* in delivering more than 100,000 servings of donated protein to Capital Area Food Bank as part of Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes initiative. The event is a collaborative effort between the Nationals, Smithfield, Harris Teeter and the Capital Area Food Bank, and will feature the "ham brigade," with volunteers from each organization passing hams from the Smithfield truck to the Food Bank truck outside of Nationals Park.

The donation will kick off the Nationals' Annual Food Drive, which gives fans the opportunity to make their own contributions to those in need by bringing non-perishable food items to Nationals Park during the Battle of the Beltways series on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23. Volunteers will be stationed outside the Center Field Gate from the time gates open through the fourth inning collecting non-perishable items, including whole grains such as dried pasta and rice, soups and canned vegetables, as well as paper products.

WHO: Smithfield Foods' Spokesperson Paula Deen - the "Queen of Southern Cuisine"

Nationals Pitcher Sean Burnett, First Baseman Adam Dunn, Pitcher John Lannan and Catcher Wil Nieves

Nationals First Ladies Jessica Burnett, Rachel Dunn, Maryanne Garry and Yormarie Nieves

Executives from the Nationals, Smithfield Foods, Harris Teeter and the Capital Area Food Bank

WHEN: Helping Hungry Homes Food Donation

Wednesday, May 19 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Nationals Annual Food Drive

Saturday, May 22 - 2:00 p.m. through the 4th inning

Sunday, May 23 - 11:00 a.m. through the 4th inning

WHERE: Nationals Park, Center Field Gate, Half & N Streets, SE, Washington, DC 20009