The Link Community Triage Center Receives $400,000 Gift from Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is providing a $400,000 gift to The Link, the community triage center. The facility, which will be located in downtown Sioux Falls, will offer assistance and serve as a first point of contact for individuals seeking mental health care or addiction counseling. The Link is a partnership of the City of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, Avera Health, and Sanford Health.

“Each day brings us closer to the opening of The Link and being able to connect community members to critical mental health and addiction services,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken, who serves as Chair of The Link triage center board. “We have great momentum with this initiative thanks to the generosity of strong community partners like Smithfield Foods and the support of our partner organizations. We are extremely grateful for Smithfield’s investment in The Link and its mission to connect people with the resources they need.”

Smithfield’s Sioux Falls facility has been part of the local community for more than 110 years. It is one of the largest pork processing facilities in the country, supplying nearly 130 million servings of food per week. The company employs more than 3,700 individuals in the local community and purchases from more than 550 independent family farmers throughout the area.

“Sioux Falls is such a hard-working, welcoming, and supportive community. The Link stands as testament to that fact, as it will connect individuals suffering from mental health or substance abuse issues to the resources and help that they need,” said Tolcha Mesele, Senior Manager, Community Development at Smithfield Foods. “As a longstanding partner of the Sioux Falls community, Smithfield Foods was humbled to contribute to this vital support network for our neighbors in Sioux Falls.”

Funds from the gift from Smithfield Foods will be used for construction of The Link and its operation. The Link is expected to open in early 2021. Learn more at http://www.LinkSF.org.

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About Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Headquartered in Smithfield, Va., since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. The company’s 40,000 U.S. and 15,000 European employees are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly.®” Smithfield Foods has pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including many industry firsts, such as an ambitious commitment to cut carbon impact by 25 percent by 2025. Believing in the power of protein to end food insecurity, they have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Their portfolio includes such iconic brands as Smithfield®, Eckrich®, and Nathan’s Famous®.

About The Link
The Link will be a safe location where people experiencing a nonviolent behavioral health crisis or needing care for substance/alcohol abuse can access immediate treatment and referral to support services. Link will provide detox and sobering services, psychiatric crisis stabilization, assessments for substance use disorders, initiation to medically assisted treatment for opioid addiction, and other community-based support services. It is a partnership of the City of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, Avera Health, and Sanford Health. 

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