As part of the Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign, the Illinois Pork Producers Association, along with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the Illinois Soybean Association announced a donation of more than 13,000 pounds of ground pork to the Midwest Food Bank in Bloomington.
This donation will support the on-going efforts of Gridley Meats and several local hog farmers who have continued to donate pigs throughout the year. The donated pigs are processed by Gridley Meats. This donated pork is distributed to needy families throughout Central Illinois.
In 2008, IPPA launched Pork Power with the goal of helping fight hunger in Illinois. Since its inception, Pork Power has generated more than 316,000 pounds of pork. With this donation, the Pork Power program surpasses more than 1.25 million servings of pork provided to families throughout Illinois.
The Pork Power program is also an opportunity to promote pork as families are educated on how to prepare and incorporate pork into their favorite dishes. Families receive information on the important nutritional, mental and physical benefits of including protein in the diet.
"Pork producers are committed to helping their neighbors throughout the state who are having difficulty feeding their families," said Mike Haag, a pork producer from Emington and IPPA immediate past president. "It is important that Illinois families have access to protein not just during the holiday season, but throughout the year as well."
Bill Christ, a corn farmer from Metamora and ICMB immediate past-chairman agrees that the partnership is the right thing to do at the right time. "This type of project is a winning situation for everyone involved, not just the Corn Marketing Board or pork producers, but most importantly, our neighbors throughout Illinois will receive protein which is vital to everyone's nutritional needs. I'm glad that Illinois corn farmers can help make pork available at a local level," Christ says.