Illinois Commodity Groups Donate 5,000lbs of Pork to Midwest Food Pantry
Illinois Commodity Groups Partner to Donate Over 5,000 pounds of Pork to Midwest Food Bank
Normal, ILL. – As part of the Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois campaign, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), along with the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB), presented the Midwest Food Bank with 5,280 pounds of ground pork on Monday. The donation will go to agencies across central Illinois this holiday season.
“Illinois pig farmers are pleased to provide quality protein to those in need, especially during the holidays”, said IPPA Board Member, Pam Janssen. “Pork is a versatile protein, and ground pork is easy to use in so many meals.”
Since its inception in 2008, the Pork Power program has generated over 922,000 pounds of pork - enough for over 3 million meals - for families throughout Illinois.
This program helps offset the cost of processing for farmers to donate hogs. With the addition of monetary donations from annual t-shirt sales and fellow commodity organizations, all extra funds are turned into ground pork near the end of each calendar year and split amongst the nine regional food banks in Illinois.
“IL Corn is proud to invest in this program to help provide nutritious pork to those struggling each day, but especially during the pandemic,” says Art Bunting, ICMB director.
The ground pork for this donation was processed at Steidinger Foods in Fairbury, who is a continued supporter of the Pork Power program.
“Partnership with IL Corn and IL Pork is invaluable to us, and when we can leverage that partnership to support food banks that help those in need, it benefits everyone involved,” shares Scott Gaffner, ISA director. “Together we help feed and fuel the world.”
IMAGE: (L) Art Bunting, Illinois Corn Marketing Board Member, Scott Gaffner, Illinois Soybean Association Board Member, Pam Janssen, Illinois Pork Producers Assoc. District Director, and granddaughter, Brooklynn presenting 5,280 pounds of ground pork to the Midwest Food Bank.
The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) represents more than 1,600 pork producers throughout Illinois and the Illinois pork industry, which contributes more than $13.8 billion and more than 57,000 jobs to the state’s economy (related to pork production and processing). 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.
Midwest Food Bank has 12 locations, including 10 in the U.S. and one each in East Africa and Haiti. For more information about Midwest Food Bank (of MFB Location), please visit their website at midwestfoodbank.org. Midwest Food Bank (“MFB”) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. As a faith-based organization, it is the mission of Midwest Food Bank to share the love of Christ by alleviating hunger and malnutrition locally and throughout the world and providing disaster relief; all without discrimination. Our vision is to provide industry-leading food relief to those in need while feeding them spiritually.