Riverbend Foodbank Receives Over 500 Pounds of Pork from Local Pig Farmers
DAVENPORT, IA — Did you know that millions of Americans are living with food insecurity? But what is food insecurity? Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Simply put, food insecurity is hunger. The face of hunger is universal. Hunger affects people of all ages and races and exists in all communities.
The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) recently gifted the Riverbend Food Bank with over 500 pounds of ground pork.
The Riverbend Food Bank provides 17 counties in Illinois access to nutritious and much needed food. “We are always in need of a good source of protein.” said Corlett, food drive coordinator, about the recent donation. This donation was generously provided by local Polo pig farmers Brent and Bruce Scholl. “You can see there is a need and not enough to go around” said Brent Scholl.
In 2008, IPPA launched the Pork Power donation program with the goal of helping fight hunger in Illinois. It provides a system for farmers to donate pork to food banks throughout the state.Since its inception, Pork Power has generated nearly 570,000 pounds of pork - enough for nearly 2.9 million meals - for families throughout Illinois. Pork, soybean and corn producers committed funds from their respective checkoff programs to support this program.
“There are over 120,00 individuals in our Illinois area who are in need and don’t know where their next meal will come from.” said Corlett.
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. “We are in the business of feeding people. So why not give back as much as we can?” said Scholl.
The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) represents more than 2,000 pork producers throughout Illinois and the Illinois pork industry, which contributes more than $1.8 billion and more than 10,500 jobs to the state’s economy. IPPA is comprised of county pork producer groups in approximately 20 counties throughout Illinois. IPPA is an affiliate of the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board.
Founded in 1982, River Bend Foodbank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. RBFB has a network of more than 300 agency partners including food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, residential treatment facilities, day care centers, and senior centers. Collectively, these programs are the food safety net for tens of thousands of struggling individuals and families in the 22 counties served by River Bend Foodbank in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. In 2016, 11 million meals were distributed to the hungry in their service area.