More than 50 Iowa pork producers and volunteers served a breakfast including 100 pounds of bacon and 50 pounds of sausage to over 300 clients of Central Iowa Shelter and Services on Tuesday as part of the Hams Across America campaign.
“Hunger and homelessness often lock arms,” says Melissa O’Neil, CEO of Central Iowa Shelter and Services. “And this event shows our clients and staff that the community cares about them. Providing a hot breakfast with sausage, bacon and eggs sets up our clients for a successful day because good food sets blood sugars on the right path.”
Central Iowa Shelter and Services provides meals and support services at no cost to adults experiencing homelessness.
The Hams Across America campaign kicks off each year on Giving Tuesday - the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This nationally recognized day promotes charitable giving and pay-it-forward actions. Hams Across America events will take place through December 23.
“Caring is a big part of being a pork producer. And just as important as caring for our pigs is caring for others. That includes caring for our neighbors, our communities, and contributing to a better way of life,” says Trent Thiele, a pig farmer from Elma who is president-elect of the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
Members and staff of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, along with Fareway Stores, Inc., sponsored and served the breakfast. They were joined in that work by staff of the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, Des Moines City Council, Des Moines Police Department and Fire Department, Polk County Board of Supervisors, West Des Moines City Council, Corteva, Iowa Finance Authority and other pork industry supporters.
Many county pork producer groups all over the country will take part in local giving programs during the next four weeks. These events are just part of the diverse ways pig farmers support their communities throughout the year.
Pig farmers and those involved in the pork industry are encouraged to extend the Hams Across America campaign in their local communities. Participants can share their pay-it-forward stories on social media using #HamsAcrossAmerica in their posts.