"As farmers, we believe it is our responsibility to feed the world," says John Hagenbuch, a farmer from Utica, and ISA board member. "Illinois commodity groups work together toward that goal, and Pork Power is a great example. Illinois livestock, especially hogs, are the top consumers of Illinois soybeans, so through this donation, soybean farmers are doing their part to feed those in need in Illinois."
Each day, food banks provide access to healthy and nutritious food in an effort to keep families across Illinois from going to bed hungry. USDA recommends meat protein as part of a well-balanced and nutritious diet, yet it is often difficult for food banks to maintain an adequate supply. The Pork Power partners are committed to making meat protein available to those most in need. This donation will provide more than 52,000 servings of protein to people served by the Midwest Food Bank.
The Midwest Food Bank was created in 2003 when the Kieser family began providing food out of a shed on their family farm. The MFB began by serving about 10 food pantries in McLean County. Today they serve over 500 organizations across the Midwest. The food given out each month now reaches over 100,000 people.
"The pork producers who donate pigs are helping to bridge the gap between prosperity and poverty," says David Kieser, President, Midwest Food Bank. "They have taken on the challenge of helping others, and they are doing so with a nutritious, high-quality product that is an important addition to our food bank. The donation by the pork, corn, and soybean groups will help us to further our efforts during these difficult economic times."