Ohio hog farmers have been actively involved in the fight against hunger for years, donating nearly 935,000 meals of nutritious pork to Ohio foodbanks since 2009. This Easter, backed by the Ohio Pork Producers Council, farmers again rose to the occasion of fighting hunger, donating 37,554 pounds of protein-rich ground pork to several Ohio foodbanks in a generous effort to make sure that no Ohio family goes without a nutritious, hearty meal this holiday season.
"This timely and generous donation means so much to the hungry people our foodbanks serve," says Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. "Providing Ohio-raised, Ohio-produced pork to people in need is a true testament to the generosity of our state's agriculture industry. Our emergency food assistance network is thrilled to be able to provide this pork to the people it serves to make their Easter holiday a bountiful one."
OPPC is proud to continue its commitment to fighting hunger in Ohio and encourages other agricultural leaders and everyday Ohioans to join them.
OPPC was established in 1968, beginning with nearly 800 pork producers dedicated to the task of promoting their own product. Currently, the Council has approximately 2,500 members. OPPC's mission is to serve and benefit members, regardless of size, in the areas of member service, legislative and environmental issues, consumer and producer education and market development. To learn more about the OPPC, visit www.ohiopork.org or call 800-320-7991.
The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is Ohio's largest charitable response to hunger, representing Ohio's 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,300 member charities including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. In SFY 2012, the association and its member foodbanks were able to acquire and distribute over 164 million pounds of food and grocery items. Follow the association on Twitter, stay connected on Facebook and visit them on the web at www.ohiofoodbanks.org.
Name of Foodbank and Pounds Received
Freestore Foodbank (Cincinnati) 10,800 pounds (54,000 meals)
Cleveland Foodbank (Cleveland) 7,440 pounds (37,200 meals)
Mid-Ohio Foodbank (Columbus) 8,604 pounds (43,020 meals)
The Foodbank, Inc. (Dayton) 5,892 pounds (29,460 meals)
Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank (Toledo) 4,818 pounds (24,090 meals)
TOTAL STATEWIDE DONATION 37,540 pounds (187,770 meals)