Smithfield Foods Donates $20,000 to Support Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula

Funds will equip state-of-the-art kitchen in the Tyrod Taylor Wellness Center


Hampton, VA – October 30, 2023 – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula (BGCVP) is proud to announce a generous donation of $20,000 from Smithfield Foods to equip the state-of-the-art kitchen in the Tyrod Taylor Wellness Center at BGCVP Citizens Unit.

The Tyrod Taylor Wellness Center, opened in 2023, represents a significant investment in the health and well-being of the youth in the Hampton community. It features a cutting-edge kitchen that will serve as the heart of BGCVP’s health and wellness initiative to nourish young minds and foster healthy habits.

The kitchen is equipped with fixtures for commercial cooking appliances, food preparation areas, storage spaces, and more. It will serve as the central hub from which BGCVP provides hundreds of hot, nutritious meals to local youth every week, ensuring that no child goes home hungry. Programming facilitated in the newly equipped kitchen will include workforce development opportunities, offering teenagers a valuable culinary education and launching them toward promising careers. It will also introduce younger Club members to cooking and nutrition classes, emphasizing health and wellness. Moreover, the kitchen will serve as an inclusive and well-rounded community space available for hosting events that bring the community together.

Hal Smith, BGCVP president & CEO states, “We are deeply grateful to Smithfield Foods for their generous support. This gift will have a profound impact on our ability to provide essential services to the youth of the Virginia Peninsula. The equipped kitchen will not only serve as a source of nourishment but also as a catalyst for fostering culinary skills, healthy living habits, and a sense of community.”

Jonathan Toms, senior community development manager for Smithfield Foods said, “At Smithfield, we care deeply about the communities where our employees live, work, and raise their families. Many of our employees call the Virginia Peninsula, and the city of Hampton, home. We are proud to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula through this donation and help build upon the Tyrod Taylor Wellness Center to ensure that no child in our community faces hunger.”

NFL quarterback and Hampton native, Tyrod Taylor, comments, “I’m thrilled to witness the growth of the Tyrod Taylor Wellness Center at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula. Smithfield Foods’ contribution to outfitting the kitchen is a testament to their dedication to our community’s future. I look forward to seeing the continued impact the space will have on the Hampton Community.”

City of Hampton Mayor, Donnie Tuck, said, “An international organization and an NFL quarterback, both made a commitment to give back to where they got their start. It’s important to note that this investment of $20,000 in kitchen equipment in the Tyrod Taylor Wellness Center will be used to provide healthy meals and educate young men and women about nutrition. If you think about it, there isn’t a more fundamental way to help young people.”


Media Contacts:

Madison Owens

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula

Chief Development Officer

(757) 223-7204 ext. 105

[email protected]


Ray Atkinson

Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Senior Director, External Communications

(757) 576-1383

[email protected]


About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula’s mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” With multiple locations across the Virginia Peninsula, BGCVP offers after-school and summer developmental programs to enrich the lives of local youth.

About Smithfield Foods, Inc.

Headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia, since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is a U.S. food company that employs nearly 60,000 people in seven countries and partners with thousands of American farmers. As one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies, we are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly.®” to feed a growing world population. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30% across our entire U.S. 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 outreach programs in all 50 U.S. states. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Gwaltney® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, X, formerly known as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Threads.

About the Tyrod Taylor Foundation

The Tyrod Taylor Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by NFL quarterback Tyrod Taylor, dedicated to making a lasting impact on the lives of young people and underserved communities. With a mission to empower and inspire youth through education, mentorship, and community engagement, the foundation provides critical resources and support to help children and families achieve their full potential. By collaborating with local partners and leveraging Taylor’s passion for education and community service, the Tyrod Taylor Foundation is committed to fostering positive change and creating opportunities for a brighter future.