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AMS forms partnership
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  The Atlanta Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) partnered with Smithfield Foods last week to help out local families in need. Representatives from all over the community came together to donate 320,000 hot dogs, which will be distributed to needy families and other food pantries around Henry County

Atlanta Motor Speedway executives Ed Clark and Greg Walter assist representatives from Smithfield Foods and Publix to load food pantry trucks with donations of Gwaltney-brand hot dogs. Food was delivered to a dozen pantries in Henry County.                                                          Special Photo

 Helping In His Name Food Pantry, located in Stockbridge, hosted the event. Smithfield brought in a truck of Gwaltney-brand hot dogs, and food banks were able to come and load up with food.

  Ginger Moats, the director of Atlanta’s SCC chapter, said donation was a great opportunity to help out all of Henry County. “I feel that this event is just another way that Speedway Children’s Charities shows that we are a catalyst for Henry County and our region to support many need-based organizations in our own backyard.”

  A few individuals who assisted included Tony Johnsey, store manager of Publix at Lake Dow; Ed Clark, president and general manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway; and Nola Love, director of Helping In His Name, according to Moats. Twelve food banks benefited from the donation, including House of Prayer, Southern Crescent Resource and We Care Ministries. Moats said the Atlanta chapter of SCC has a yearly program called the Driving Out Hunger Campaign.  “We are simply taking advantage of the opportunities that the racing industry affords us, and using those relationships to create events that allow those in our community to partner with us to do good deeds for our local citizens,” said Moats.

  Clark was pleased to see the partnership help out Henry County. “This generous donation is yet another example of how sponsoring companies involved in NASCAR provide much needed assistance to organizations within the racetrack communities across the country,” said Clark. “Atlanta Motor Speedway is proud to work with Smithfield Foods to benefit those in need here in our community,”

  The donation was part of Smithfield’s Helping Hungry Homes tour, a nationwide effort to assist families and individuals in need. They have formed partnerships with charities like this to deliver over 25.4 million servings of protein to food-assistance groups across the county.

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