During the 2008 Illinois State Fair, the Illinois Pork Producers Association will collect cash donations to help support the "Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois" food bank campaign.
Pork Power, which began in May, is a partnership with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the Illinois Soybean Association, the Illinois Association of Meat Processors and the Central Illinois Food Bank. The goal is to donate 100,000 pounds of pork to the Illinois food banks associated with America's Second Harvest-the Nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization.
Pork Patio customers will have the opportunity to help IPPA provide much needed protein to food banks throughout Illinois. The Pork Patio, a mainstay at the fair for the past 30 years, serves up a variety of pork sandwiches. Cash donation boxes will be located at each of the three Pork Patio cash register booths.
IPPA will match all the funds that are collected at Pork Patio during the IL State Fair. The money will be used to purchase more pork for the Pork Power campaign.
"As grocery prices are increasing, the need for good quality protein at food banks is also increasing," says Phil Borgic, a pork producer from Nokomis and current IPPA President. "Each day, Illinois food banks provide access to healthy and nutritious food in an effort to keep families across Illinois from going to bed hungry. The Pork Power partners are working together to provide 400,000 servings of pork to those most in need."
To date, the Pork Power food bank campaign has generated more than 20,000 pounds of donated pork to food banks throughout Illinois.
"We encourage everyone to stop by the Pork Patio, enjoy a delicious pork sandwich and make a donation to help IPPA feed the hungry in Illinois," says Borgic.