WINSTON-SALEM -- Just in time for the holidays, one of the largest food donations in the state happened at the Second Harvest Food Bank Friday morning.
More than 345,000 pounds of food was gathered to be donated to seven food banks throughout the state.
Much like the teamwork of a pit crew, NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty was on hand to help distribute the food.
"Look how blessed you are in life," Petty said. "The good Lord has looked down on you and done really good things for you and to pay Him back, you got to do something for someone else."
So Petty has joined forces with Smithfield and Lowe's Foods as part of the "Helping Hungry Homes" program.
Hams, hot dogs and more were sorted, boxed and loaded to help feed more than one million meals to North Carolina families.
"Protein is the basic part of any nutritious diet," Clyde Fitzgerald of the Second Harvest Food Bank said. "Protein is also the most difficult type of produce to get donated because of its cost."
The Second Harvest Food Bank said this donation has come just in time for the holidays.
"Hunger is a tragedy that doesn't have to happen," Fitzgerald said. "We can do something about it because there's enough food for every man, woman and child in America and in North Carolina."
But officials add that the need for food donations is so great that this very large and generous donation won't last long.
So Petty is hoping to bring more awareness to this need.
"Look how lucky you are to be able to stand here and be able to do your thing," he said. "Can you help somebody that is not quite as fortunate as you are?"
So with trucks filled with thousands of pounds of protein, they hit the road to travel across the state to provide meals for families in need, just in time for Thanksgiving.
The donations came from Smithfield and Lowe's Foods. Smithfield is also a sponsor for Richard Petty Motorsports.