Illinois pig and corn farmers gathered to present the Central Illinois Foodbank with 5,500 pounds of ground pork as part of the Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign.
Through Pork Power, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board have generated over 721,000 pounds of pork – enough for nearly 3.8 million meals – for families throughout Illinois, according to an IPPA press release.
“Our partnership with the Pork Power program is becoming even more important as the Foodbank continues to grow its vision of providing healthy food for all,” said Ashley Earnest, public relations manager for Central Illinois Foodbank, in the release. “This donation of ground pork will help provide over 30,000 servings of protein to children and their families across central and southern Illinois.”
Farmers and partnering commodity groups join together to provide pork and monetary donations year round. At the end of each giving season, IPPA turns the remaining funds into ground pork and divides it among the regional foodbanks in the state.
“It is a rewarding feeling knowing that we are supplying communities with vital protein that may be hard to come by this time of year,” Matt Frizzo, an IPPA board member from Gillespie, Ill., said in the release. "Ranging from southern to central Illinois, Pork Power allows us to give back in big ways. Totaling 53,000 pounds in the months of November and December alone. "
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